Posted on 1 April 2018
During competitions, it is of great importance to produce an uplifting experience for your students. Project a strong positive environment that will build students' attitudes into beliefs that contests produce learning experiences for both those who win and those who don't. All playing fields are filled with the opportunity of building young lives into strong and socially engaging adults.
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Music competition is a motivator and essential driver of student learning, innovation and performance. Music contests and competitions can provide the following benefits for students:
For some students, participating in contests and competitions can be filled with anxiety, dread, fear, depression, and apprehension of failure. For those who don't win, even if they did an excellent job they can feel that others are better than they are, which can lead to a belief that they just aren't good enough. Students need to be encouraged and taught that losing a competition can definitely build a student's character, self-image, sportsmanlike conduct and determination. Following are some tips.
It should always be a priority to make sure that students are learning, growing and reacting appropriately to the contest. Just as important is to use the losing experience as a training ground. Without proper consideration and encouragement for those that lose, negative attitudes about contests can develop and produce unpleasant memories. How much better it would be for students to remember the experience as fun! Use the time to uplift and bring both enjoyment and good memories for students' futures.
The attitudes of winners must also be shaped. Teachers need to enhance learning with the ability to be empathetic with their fellow students that did not win. One of the ugliest pictures is a winner gloating, bragging, bullying, and taunting rivals. All playing fields are filled with the opportunity of building young lives into strong and socially engaging adults.
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