This video essay helps teachers improve the power and effectiveness of their communication in lesson by learning how to see the world through their students’ eyes, and how to notice invisible assumptions that are holding back their effectiveness.
Her fingers fumbled for the notes, and her bow arm was all elbows. By the end of practice she looked and sounded good, but when she picked up her violin the next day it was as though they were starting from scratch.
Being smart is great … until someone comes along who is better than you. Then you realize, “I don’t have what it takes.”
But what does it take, actually?
She could still extend and re-curve her pinky on a pencil. But she had lost her ability to flex her bow hand while actually playing.
Where was the disconnect? An unexpected discovery about knuckles.
A child’s memory.
Each of us have our own, bringing vivid emotions, rich images, pungent smells … fragments of a past that recedes away from us with each year of grown-up responsibilities and challenges.