It’s 11:18 pm in my neck of the woods and my honey isn’t home yet. So I am researching blogs. Two blogs in particular:
And I am seeing something extraoridnary that is happening in the blogoshpere, something that is dear to my heart.
I am a violin instructor of The Suzuki Method. I studied The Suzuki Method from age five and began to study pedagogy formally at age seventeen. I studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan at the Talent Education Research Institute in my early twenties. I began teaching informally at age fourteen. I have taught my entire life.
I currently teach about 20 young people per week from age four to their early twenties. I have known some of these students for almost twenty years. Each week they come and we get out our instruments and we continue our study of music and tone and our relationships grow deeper.
Now, when I went to college, there was only one computer lab on campus. Today, University life is obviously much different. I was aware that students could read PDF’s of their reading materials on line, and find their grades and such, but what I didn’t understand until just now was the amazing relationships that are being forged between students and teachers via the internet.
The bond that I have only known through physically working with each one of these students one on one, week after week over the years is occurring at an accelerated pace for teachers online because they are available and open to their students via their blogs. With playful comments and writing contests, these amazing teachers are using the internet to create a learning community.
Suzuki Method needs this.
I had never considered this, not once.
Do my students read my blog?
If you are one of my students, will you leave a comment to let me know?