One of the craziest things for me is trying to remember choreography for all of these songs. Two programs between four grades means that I've got quite a few songs to work through and it's hard to keep all the actions and movements straight. I definitely have moments where I forget what goes next and my modeling of the actions gets a little messed up. AND YOU KNOW that there is always that one student that calls you out for messing up. God bless them. :D
When I first introduce this idea I make a big deal out of what it means. Left is Right can confuse them so I take a few seconds to talk about/ask about how "right" can mean two things: right (the direction) or correct. I ask them "When I say that left is right, do I mean that left is the direction (right) or something different?" and they can quickly respond that I mean that left is correct. They get the concept and like the little quite to repeat.
Why left, you ask? Why not go right first? Well, there are two reasons. Number one I want to prep them (years in advance) for marching band. In band you always starting walking/marching/moving with your left foot first. I felt like that was a good connection. The slightly more selfish reason that I chose left was that I am right handed. I will naturally use my right side first. It's a pain for me to remember directions over and over again and my natural tendency is to go to the right anyway... So, if I'm mirroring the actions for them that means that when I move right they'll go left. It was a no-brainer for me to make this change.
Left is right and Right is WRONG!!
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