Understanding what the parameters are can be helpful in understanding the “why” behind what is being asked. Unclear expectations can lead to disappointment and challenges.
If you ask a child to be quiet and sit down so the group can begin, but they don’t feel a part of that group, the challenge is set.
If you ask a child to be quiet and sit down so the group can begin, but they don’t know what to expect, the challenge is set.
If you ask a child to sit down and be quiet so the group can begin and they feel a sense of belonging to the group because of previous efforts to ensure belonging, and they know what comes next because expectations have been clear, you will still face challenge but you will likely get to move forward so the group can begin.
In our after school music program, we understand that there are so many invisible bags the children bring with them that impact how they are able to show up. By creating a container that is safe and fun, where the expectations are clear, we have found that kids are quick to find ways to leave those bags at the door, knowing they are valued and belong at The Big Sound.
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