Teaching... sigh... what will it be like to teach in 2021? In just two short weeks, I will start my 21st year as a music educator. As a fresh-faced, college graduate, this point in my career seemed to be light years away... but here we are. I'm now one of the "old people" in the… Continue reading Why Am I A Teacher?
I never wanted to be a YouTuber... and I still don't. Yet, 2020 has played a dirty trick on me! The school where I teach is 100% virtual for at least the first quarter... possibly even longer. That means I must create at least 30 video lessons a week. Just me, alone in my classroom,… Continue reading I Never Wanted To Be A YouTuber
August 2020 is here, as weird as that sounds, and it's time to start preparing for school! The aisles of Target are filled with shiny new binders, bouquets of Flair pens, and piles and piles of pencils. This time of year, I can usually be found wandering the Back To School section with my chai… Continue reading Back To School?
So, I am sitting here in my classroom alone... thinking. Two months ago, this room was packed with teenagers. Students who came in every morning to say hello... students who ate their lunch here for a bit of conversation... students who laughed, cried, complained, cheered... students who took up space in this room with their… Continue reading Now What?
To my amazing choir students: When this school year began, I told you that I hoped this year would be epic. I encouraged the 2020 Seniors to leave a legacy. I wanted this year to be one to remember. Well, kids.. this is not at ALL what I imagined! From the very start, this year… Continue reading An Open Letter To My Students