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20 Days ’til 40: Why I LOVE My Education Job

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Today was one of those days….  I started the day with 58 emails in my inbox (a low number for me) and seemed to have an inordinate amount of complaints and issues arise throughout the day.  I answered email after email for most of the day, communicating with concerned parents and teachers re:a variety of issues.  I sent out at least 60 emails, maybe it was closer to 75 or 80, and at the end of the day my inbox still had 64 emails I need to respond to…. Yes I responded all day and the number grew!!!  I was, for lack of a better analogy, chained to my desk for hours as I assisted many with their concerns.  I definitely felt a bit more like a complaint department than an educator.  Of course, all I really wanted today was to be out in the classrooms and with the teachers and the students – these moments are sometimes hard to come by as an administrator – the tyranny of the urgent replaces the important as small fires of concern need to be extinguished (when I want to be out there helping to light fires of desire to learn!) Read the rest of this entry »

 

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24 Days ’til 40: Occupational HAZARDS

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This post is dedicated to and inspired by my partner, who claims that I write too many, “go take a bath and feel good about yourself” posts and do not write enough about real life and the predicaments I sometimes manage to get myself into.  So, here is that blog – the entry that shows how utterly human I am…. don’t laugh too hard, okay? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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188 Days ’til 40: Music Lessons

 

“I’ve come up with the theory that the music is within. We don’t bring it in; it’s already there. We have to figure out how to get it out.” – Howard Roberts – Jazz Guitar

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.” -Jules Combarieualen

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Red Auerbach

 “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. -Victor Hugo

U.S. Department of Education data show that students who report consistently high levels of involvement in instrumental music during the middle- and high-school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12. — J. Catterall et al. “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development”, 1999.

“Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation.” – College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in attitude, Children, Education

 

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197 Days ’til 40: Wishing for a Snow Day

 

I better be perfectly honest.  The students are not yet back at school.  The administrators have been on campus for one week, the new teachers for one day short of one week, and the returning teachers for one day. The students arrive on Monday…….  the school is almost set up – ALMOST – and there is a host of paperwork that must be completed and sent out sometime in the next three days.  The school year is about to begin. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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199 Days ’til 40: Homework – Good or Evil?

 

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. ~ Doug Larson

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~ Lily Tomlin

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don’t believe the kids should be given homework. ~ Bill Cosby Read the rest of this entry »

 

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204 Days ’til 40: New Beginnings

From the end spring new beginnings. ~ Pliny the Elder

Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities. ~ William Throsby Bridges

Beginnings are always messy. ~ John Galsworthy Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in attitude, Children, Education, mental health

 

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275 Days ’til 40: Seasonal Friends vs. Life Long Friends

This post was inspired in part by a comment made by Dorothy McDonnal re: a previous post of mine.  Thank you, Dorothy for getting my brain thinking about this topic! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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