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first reflections of international night 5/4/12

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:)


About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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