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Watching television is not something I typically do, and my students never believe me when I say I don't watch TV. I would much rather read a book, but the one show I never miss is the The Voice.
Singing is something I would love to be able to do. Oh, yeah, I sing in my car by myself, but my singing career is limited to singing on Preference Night during my college sorority days! (Anyone out there an Alpha Phi?)
Last night as I was watching the finals, I thought, "I am going to have blind auditions in my classroom next year."
Now, before you start thinking...what in the world is she talking about? Let me explain.
For those of you who may have never seen The Voice, contestants sing with the judges' chairs turned around. They base their decision strictly on the contestant's voice, not by their looks. They don't even see them until they have chosen to turn around.
Every spring teachers at our school divide up their students to be placed in classes for the following year. The grade levels then get together and discuss the new class. We have discussions about the students' strengths and weaknesses among many other things.
Before I even see my class, I have these preconceived thoughts about them. I hadn't really thought about how unfair this was until I started watching The Voice and heard the contestants talk about how important it was that the judges chose them only on their voice.
I am thinking I will not have these conversations with my colleagues this year. By having "blind auditions" for the students in my classroom, I will get to know my students without any bias, hearsay or preconceived thoughts. I will get to know them for who they are the day they arrive in my classroom...my own blind auditions.
A side-note - Go TessAnne!