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Pictures from a Conducting Exhibition

A wonderful reminder to those of us who educate. Make a fool out of yourself, laugh occasionally, and “waste” far more time. We are, after all, helping to raise human beings, not business models.

Brazil

Well, we can’t talk the talk (yet), but we can certainly drink the drink. When you travel for 28 hours straight, two days start becoming one. After multiple flights, Chrissie and I have finally convened in the same country, the same city, and the same hotel...

Children Always Remember

A sweet, short story from teaching today: I happen to find all of my kindergarten and first grade students absolutely adorable. However, one class in particular just seems to be filled with old, kind souls, existing in the bodies of these beautiful little 6 and...

My Own Lesson in Bilingual Education

In many school districts, especially in Greater Los Angeles, the discussion of bilingual education is a common, and in my opinion, extremely important one. I have taught at schools that have an incredible array of programs – from completely neglecting students’...

Sharing Smiles

How can these two not make everyday a little brighter? Two of my beginning flute players, Gustavo and Janet, just passed their 4-scale...

The Power of Silence

As educators, we often take on the roles of parents, social workers, principals, baby-sitters (…the list goes on and on), and at times feel that we are everything except teachers. There is a beauty in that aspect as well, but it is important to find the healthy...