Summer is here!!!
My last day of school was June 6th and I am so glad that the school year is over. It was wonderful at moments but also one of my most stressful years. I contribute the added stress to co-directing a drama during the crunch time for my show choir combined with snow/cold days that left it impossible for me to make up practices for any of my groups.
Instead of focusing on the not so pleasant moments I want to share one of my favorite moments from the end of the year. I teach a self contained special education class and many of the students are non verbal. One of the students has a wonderful vocabulary but struggles to verbalize in group settings. The last day of music I had left out one of the students favorite songs “Old John the Rabbit”. In the song there is a repeated two beat pattern and the words are “oh yes”. During one of the transitions, this student came up to me and clapped AND sang “oh yes” over and over until I said we could do the song. This is the first time the student has been able to request a song and it made me so proud! Not only did he request the song but he sang and played the drum with me and requested that the ending be “sad”. I wanted to shout off of the rooftops about his success! It is moments like these where students have success, no matter how small, that remind me why I became a teacher.
So this thing called summer is here. I have a pile of books that have been begging me to read them, a pile of unfinished craft projects, a pile of craft ideas…the options are endless! Also, the trio I play with (In All Honesty) is also recording a studio album this summer. If you haven’t checked out our music or liked us on facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. you should. Shameless plug Plus you can say you knew us before we were famous!
So what else has been going on? I went to Korea with my parents for a wedding, have been trying lots of delicious new recipes with friends, am getting ready to take a road trip with my niece to see the Grand Canyon and explore the West and South West, am practicing the piano again and remembering why I love it and music so much…I am excited for the endless possibilities that this summer holds