Monthly Archives: January 2011

James: “D is a Troublemaker”, Part 2

Remember the story of James and Jake? They haven’t had a lesson for the past few weeks because of illness and snow days, but today I saw James for the first time since their “D is a Troublemaker” class. Here … Continue reading

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Changing Education Paradigms

While watching videos lectures by Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally known education advisor,  I came across this one. A good deal of it made me think more about the state of the school system in America and what we believe … Continue reading

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The Story of James and Jake: “D is a Troublemaker”

Yesterday I wrote about two occurrences that made me think more about what it means to teach. This second episode that provided some insight was with two little boys about eight years old, James and Jake (not their real names). … Continue reading

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The Story of Andrew, the Boy Who Chose

Last week I had two small encouragements while teaching music. They may not seem very significant, but for me, as a young teacher seeking to become more effective for my students, these two events were gratifying. Here is the first … Continue reading

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Who Teaches YOU?

Despite their young age, children have the capacity to develop passions just as intense as any other person in a subject that truly interests them. Two of the greatest gifts to a child are the gift of free time and … Continue reading

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Life for High Schoolers!

One of the most depressing things I’ve seen is that most children and even teenagers (and some young adults, too) have no idea why they are actually in school. You’d be hard pressed to find a student who could offer … Continue reading

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Children: Are They Given Choice or Chains?

I saw a commercial a few months ago on t.v. advertising Subway sandwiches. It started out with a girl about eleven or twelve years old sitting and staring blankly at the camera. In a depressed voice, she says, “Everything is … Continue reading

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