What are the Benefits
of a 16-Week Semester?
by: Sarah Roberts
Sarah has been working at Discovery for four years as an Early Childhood, dance, and gymnastics teacher. We asked her why she thinks a 16-week semester has more benefits than occasional drop-in classes.
A 16-week semester gives students a chance to find what they are passionate about. They can get a better understanding of the activity or sport instead of a quick judgment call. I believe a sense of confidence will also form when a child has a better understanding of the craft. They will learn structure and they’ll also be able to form connections with other classmates that can turn into beautiful friendships.
I have seen students become frustrated with a new step or movement, take it home, practice it, and try again the next class. Some students get it the next class, and for others, it takes a few more tries, but once they do I can see how proud they are. They did it! The smiles on their faces are so inspiring, not only for me, but for their fellow classmates who have watched them work hard.
Two of my ballet students met in class this year and are now sweet friends. They both arrived at Discovery early before class so they could get ready together. While they waited, they would do their own stretches and combinations before coming into class. I enjoy seeing the students encourage each other like our staff does with classes.
One of the ballet classes I assist Katie in has continued to impress me this year! Starting with splits, which are not fun or easy, each week the students would come in and show off how much lower they have gotten in their stretches. Now we have multiple students with their full splits! I’ve noticed their technique improve and their passion for dance grow. Watching those students perform on stage during winter and spring recitals makes me so proud. They have worked so hard to remember their dances and the passion they show through their dancing is beautiful.