I was excited to get into my new music room this week. I knew it had a large closet from my interview tour, even though I really didn't get to investigate it all that much. I knew that my position, a second music teacher, had been filled by a full-term substitute who wasn't a certified music teacher, but a preschool teacher. I knew she had only taught PreK-2 music. And it's all good! I had experience starting from scratch, with little to no music equipment. And I knew that the other music teacher in the building had taught 3-5, so she had the instruments and the piano. I was already primed to write grants, do Donors Choose, and to put my "Orff without instruments" and my Kodàly training to good use without relying on lots of money. However, when I saw the closet: Actually, I wasn't terrified. There were "dumpsters on wheels" in the hall. The principal, however, was astounded at the non-musical things in the closet. (She is ne...
Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Going into a New Position After Years in a Previous One First of all, it's been more than a year since I have posted in my blog or kept up with my store. But the good news is: I have finally completed my Ph.D.! It was a terrific, terrifying, rewarding, and revealing process for me, one about which I will blog later. As I was working on my dissertation, many other things had to take a back burner, and that's OK! So, 2018-2019 has brought quite a few changes for my family. My oldest daughter and her husband will be moving closer to home. My youngest got married in fall, 2018 (so I cheat on the year a little). We adopted an adorable 2-year-old mama dog in 2018. I completed my  Kodály  Level III in 2019. AND, I graduated with my Ph.D. AND retired! Well, maybe not..... The game plan my husband and I developed for me several years ago was to get my Ph.D., work three years, and then retire with that nice bump in retirement salary (our three ...
This isn't exactly the blog I had planned, but it hits home. I've been behind lately because the realities of teaching this year have put me in a tired mood when I get home. And, I've noticed it quite a bit on posts in music educator Facebook groups lately. The wonder about exhaustion. The frustrations with new and differing forms of classroom management issues. The feeling of loneliness and lack of respect because the music teacher is most likely the only one of that discipline in a building. New requirements for teachers on top of what feelings like growing animosity towards teachers. Not to mention outside stressors. The political scenarios. Natural disasters. Family issues. It seems like it's just..........ENOUGH..............And I notice these posts not in a "Oh, geez, here they go again", but in a "oh, my, I'm not alone" way. I wanted to start with a few words of what I hope can be support: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Trust me. There ...