Written by DAREarts Teachers Geneviève Anthony and Valerie Kostyniuk.
Share the Love
At DAREarts, when one student knows an answer to a question that has been posed, knows what the group is supposed to do next, or can remember a DAREarts expection, he or she is encouraged to “Share the Love!” (tell the other delegates what they know!). DAREarts students take quickly to this concept. They “share the love” frequently, learning to offer and accept help from their team-mates and to take initiative rather than always relying on teacher direction.
This afternoon at Opera Atelier, a group of Grade 5 delegates, tired after a long day learning Bharatanatyam and Minuet dance routines, gathered in a circle and shared the love in an unexpected way. After the usual daily group review of concepts, skills and, in today’s case, fancy dance moves, learned, our lead teacher asked the group who had anything else they’d like to share.
Daniel, a generally very quiet boy who had discovered himself to be an incredible and energetic dancer, and a leader who helped others rise to the challenge of learning the choreographies, raised his hand in the air and said, “I just want to say that last week, when we first met, I didn’t know you guys too well. And now I do. I have lots of new friends. It feels good.”
“I know. When I first got here, I was very shy, but now I feel at home,” offered Hitisha, another delegate.
“It feels like here I am more a part of the group than at school. We have a lot of common interests”, said Ransford.
And we all smiled at one another around the circle, sharing the love.