GUEST BLOG: "When the Young Teacher Becomes the Mentor," by Emily Hackethorn
Date: January 22, 2014
WHEN THE YOUNG TEACHER BECOMES THE MENTOR, by Emily Hackethorn
I’m in my fourth year teaching 6-12 choir in the Bitterroot Valley, in Montana. In the past year, I started blogging to channel my thoughts on teaching, motherhood, productivity, and life in general. This Spring, I’ll be having my second baby, but not before I mentor my first student teacher, Ceri, who will then take over as my long-term-sub. In Montana, we are certified to teach K-12 Band, Orchestra, Choir, and General Music. Ceri’s experience is mostly in Band.
Looking back on my past years of teaching, I have learned a great deal, focusing on different areas at various times. It is my hope to synthesize and connect what I’ve learned and developed to be helpful for Ceri, and embody my Choral experience thus far for her benefit. While hosting Ceri, who is a flute major, my hope is not only to prepare her to teach in my choir room without me, but also, her future classroom. However, I’ve never been on the mentor end of things. I’ve always been the student in an experienced teacher’s classroom! It’s exciting, and a little bit scary, to have the tables turned. My motto for 2014: “Connect with Confidence.”
So choral educators, my question for you: what’s your most important advice for a student teacher (especially an instrumentalist)? I would love to hear your reply in a comment below!
Looking forward to hearing from you . . . and you’ll be hearing more from me again, soon!