For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.
So, everyday between my classes, during my lunch and planning, and before and after school I play music. I have my favorite stations created on PANDORA, and I keep the tab open on my computer. By doing this, it gives me easy access to the station. It is even better that I am in a new school building, so I have a sound system in my library.
By playing music throughout the day, I am able to decompress and get ready for the next class … the next meeting … the next adult … the next student … lesson plans …. or anything else that may become an obstacle. It is a simple task that creates powerful mindset for me, as well as others who walk into the room. I’m a fan of REGGAE, so the atmosphere is a little more relaxing.
Today, a student walked into the library to return a book …. he looked up hearing the music, and while he checked his book in at the computer, I saw him moving his head back and forth. Once he was done, he walked out the door with a smile on his face, which created a smile on my face.
Listen to your music to find a balance, as well as make a kid smile.