|Slice of Life Tuesdays hosted by Two Writing Teachers|
At school, do I see myself as a leader? Nope. I see myself as a solid second violin.
Classical music composers tend to write thousands of showy, shiny, high-pitched notes for the first violins. They carry most of the melodies. In contrast, the second violins have hundreds of solid, smooth, middle-range notes that support the first violins. The first violins (in my opinion) need the anchor of the second violins to help their melodies sound better.
In teaching (and in the real world), I work best as a second violin. I don't worry about being the first to try a new strategy. I'm not great at leading everyone to the next best thing. I'm much better at supporting everyone around me, helping them to be their best. I ask questions that help others make decisions. I nod, smile and think of more questions to guide them to success.
Sometimes I wish I was the rock-star teacher, but I think those shoes are too big for me right now. I'm happy standing in the wings cheering on my friends, wiping their tears when they get overwhelmed, and always being here to listen.
Harmony can be more powerful than melody.