i arrived at 4:15pm and went down into the courtyard to help supervise the children during their dress rehearsal. the coordinator was helping facilitate the basic staging of the event.
when i heard the backstage louder than those speaking (with mics) on stage, i knew a better placement for my volunteering. call it the teacher in me, but i became the leader of backstage. in theatre vocabulary, i became the stage manager. i was able to control the volume with a simple gesture of finger over the mouth. when it got too loud, i would give them the eyes on me gesture followed by the finger on mouth.
what i found was, and this is something i just realized, the gestures i used were just that. i was able to treat each child, regardless of language that s/he studies, equally. i used the common language of the school, english, to say, “please be quiet.” but assuming that i had been working with the childdren of their language studied would have been able to understand. why? i used, perhaps not international gestures, but they soon were able to understand the meaning.
in simple wikipedia language, “The medium is the message” is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.”
in summary, i learned that when a specific job responsibility is not given, i create one. it may have been ok just to have observed the children practice then perform, i create a way to help that turns out to be helpful. it may be cliche, but i do try to be a change, a positive change-i am a teacher:)