Archive for April, 2010

Just when I thought I had enough…

April 13, 2010

Monday was our final day of Intersession for at least the near future.  Due to budget cuts, the modified FCPS schools will go back to the traditional calendar.  I decided I wanted to teach my drumming class to both the AM and PM class.  I usually teach 2 different classes b/c I can’t stand the repetition, but I love this class and this is the final opportunity.  My AM class is a group that Essel and I started a year ago for our Teacher Research project.  Our goal is to help students learn how to be respectful, show discipline and work as a unit through drumming.  I was feeling really good about the group and the kids until I heard that one girl lost her patrol belt b/c she’s turning into a bossy, rude person.  Another boy is calling kids names that I won’t type.  Then you have boy, who wont’ be named, who apparently hasn’t learned a thing.  So, I decided that I wanted to talk to them a little more about self-control and what our words really do to people.  I found this great video of Benajmin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, who is talking about classical music.  The last minute or two he tells a story about a brother and sister heading to Auschwitz and the last thing the girl says to her brother.  I was impressed and overwhelmed by the emotions and comments the students made.  They were so mature and respectful that it made me cry.  Luckily I got it together quickly!!!  I honestly thought these kids were not grasping the point of our time together and couldn’t be bothered.  Boy was I wrong. 

This video opened a great discussion for us and I wanted to share it with you.  The whole video is great from a music view and he’s funny but if you don’t want to watch the whole 20 mins, fast forward to the last 2.