Advice for administrator about young voices
Date: May 13, 2013
I am SO frustrated that my administrator wants my fifth graders to be "American Idol"-like students to sing the National Anthem at tomorrow's A+ assembly and is upset that I don't have them. She can't accept that what they just performed was great! That "this" is it! Fifth grade. They hit the notes correctly, got all the words correct and even had some matching vowels . . . but are ten or eleven years old. Are there any words I could share regarding adolescent development and the difficulty of "that song" that would be better than the words I have in my head right now? I think they did awesome. She said -- IN FRONT OF THEM -- they "weren't very good" and that they "need more practice". I want to scream and defend my girls, who were put on the spot and had not prepared to do this at an after school rehearsal she called at the last minute. I want to say the right thing and do the right thing . . . but . . .
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