Once again, I find myself making a "I'm back after HOW long?" post. But it can't be avoided... here I am, starting the third week of the 2018-19 school year! It's fun looking back at my posts from 10(!) years ago, when I was a relatively new teacher. Many things have changed, but some good stuff hasn't. Hopefully most of those changes have been for the better!
All the Lower School classes had their first music class last week. We had so much fun! Younger students enjoyed singing silly songs, a tour of the space, and that old classic, "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Third-years were excited to order their recorders with a choice of three colors, and fourth-years had all kinds of questions about their planning and producing of Springfest... even though it's not till, well, Spring. We all enjoyed adding our favorite fruits and vegetables into "The Corner Grocery Store," from beans trying on jeans to bananas talking to Joanna.
Middle School started electives last week, and this trimester I'm teaching the usual First-Year (fifth grade) Music Rotation as well as an Independent Study in Music class. Each student in the independent study applied with a particular project in mind. I have a mix of first through fourth-years, doing everything from practicing saxophone to making electronic music to ukulele/songwriting. It will be a busy trimester! Students also go into their year-long advisee groups this week, after two weeks of temporary orientation groups. I'm looking forward to finding out which middle school students will be in my at-school family this year.
I expect that many students (and teachers) will be a bit on edge this week. That's because of this:
Yes, that little screaming face is home, and the big scary cone is the projected path of Hurricane Florence. "F" hurricanes have a thing for North Carolina–I personally experienced Fran and Floyd. We're all especially worried for our friends at the coast, yikes!
No promises, but I am going to do my best to keep updating my blog this school year. More soon!