Author Sarah Guinn recently wrote an inspirational article on the importance of creating a rapport between the teacher and the student.
“More than 600 students come through Alison Smart’s classroom at Nelsonville-York Elementary School, and she can tell you a vast majority, if not all, of their names,” Principal Becky Dalton said.
From kindergarten through sixth grade, kids file into Smart’s classroom, which boasts 18 full-sized electric pianos, each with its own set of headphones.
Smart established her classroom in 2005 when she started her first — and only — teaching job at Nelsonville-York Elementary, and since then has coordinated school plays and Christmas programs, all of which have been well received by parents and community members, Dalton said.
So, how does a teacher bring out music in kids as young as kindergartners, and as old as adolescents? It’s rapport, Smart said.
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