|The Processing Speed of the Fuzzy Brain|
Near the end of chorale today students were starting to loose focus. I know my mind was starting to get fuzzy, too. Keep in mind that classes are 1 hour long this year due to a change in our bell schedule. The director of chorale recognized we had reached our limit. To switch things up he had us sing an acapella tune that he made up on the spot. He started with the bases, giving them a line to repeat. Next came the altos, then the tenors and finally the sopranos. Once all the groups were singing together there was clapping and swaying and smiles on the faces of many of the students. It was just the break we needed before singing through a piece one last time.
There are times when I see students are at their limits of focus, but too often I power though rather than taking a momentary break or detour. What the teacher did in chorale today was clearly valuable and allowed the class to finish strong. I'll need to think back to that moment when I encounter a similar loss of focus with my students in the future.