William C. Frey, The Dance of Hope, relates the following story:
“Years ago I heard Meredith Wilson, the musician who wrote The Music Man, telling of a dream he had. In the dream he was one of many musicians playing before a great and wealthy king. The king was so impressed with the music that at the end of the concert he said, ‘Come, musicians, and fill your instruments with golden coins from my treasury.’ Wilson concluded, somewhat mournfully, ‘There I stood with my piccolo.'”
The music of the classroom is a wonderful concert that is the product of both the teacher and her students.
To be filled, teachers must offer something of value to their students – gold from the treasury of knowledge.
To be filled, students must empty themselves of all reluctance and unwillingness to fully participate in the learning process. A piccolo attitude may only return a piccolo’s worth of treasure.