Practicing Decision-Making Through Rhythm

One feature of Quaker life that plays out in the day-to-day learning of FCS, is how students learn to make decisions. As explained by the American Friends Service Committee, “in making decisions Friends do not simply vote to determine the majority view, but rather they seek unity about the wisest course of action.” This month, Lower School music teacher Soo Young Chrisfield found a way to have students explore rhythm and decision making at the same time.
Rhythm is central to learning music and 3rd and 4th graders got out of their seats and into the beats last week. In small groups, students created 8 beat rhythmic patterns, which were performed with movement and instruments. “In the process, they learned to listen to every student's ideas and work together to come to an agreement around what approach would work best for the group,” Soo Young explained.