Who I’m Thankful For

There are many things I am thankful for, both personally and musically.  I have spent a lot of waking hours so far this year, thinking about who I am thankful for, musically, and today, on Thanksgiving 2013, I want to tell you about a really awesome person in my life, who unfortunately, is never going to know the impact he has had on me.

I started college in the fall of 1999 at Montclair State University.  I was a music therapy major at the time (something that lasted only about a year) funda 360 foto downloaden.  Our freshman class was split into two sections for Theory I and Aural Skills I.  I just so happened to get the class with Dean Drummond, who was also new to Montclair State University that semester.  If me-from-now told me-from-then that this guy would become the most influential person in my college career, I probably would have laughed at you.  At the time, I think I wasn’t even sure if he was going to give me a passing grade in those two classes youtube video downloaden safari.

On a whim, I decided to try out the ensemble he ran, on the instruments invented by himself and by Harry Partch (another story, for another time).  The students in the music department mostly referred to them as the Dr. Seuss instruments.  Of course I was interested.

Over time, the instruments, and Dean, became the true constant of my college career herunterladen.  Through deaths in my family, through a personal health scare, through FOUR changes of major (one of which Dean personally helped to make possible), there was always Partch ensemble.  It wasn’t just an ensemble for me (and for many of the students who participated over the years), it was my main form of socialization (Partch kids became some of my closest friends), it was a place for me to hang out, it was a place for, sometimes, hiding from the world herunterladen.  Through the Partch ensemble, I got to premiere a few awesome works of music, and I got to perform off-campus (which was, and is, still a big deal for any ensemble).   I got to learn about a teeny, yet infinitely awesome niche in American music history.   The kind of thing where some people say, “You play the Cloud Chamber what?” and other people say, “OHMIGOSHYOUPLAYTHECLOUDCHAMBERBOWLS!?”

Dean wasn’t just a musician who also happened to be a teacher, he was the kind of person from whom you  could learn something every time he opened his mouth or just did. herunterladen. anything. I have been thinking a lot this year about him.  From my dedication to practicing, to the way I run rehearsals with my students, I have learned a lot, musically, from Dean.

I’ve learned a lot of life lessons from Dean, too.  I’ve learned it’s never too late to learn something new.  I’ve learned that you just don’t have to iron your shirts if you don’t want to herunterladen.  I’ve learned that if you truly love what you’re doing, you will never dread going to work a day in your life.  I’ve learned to keep a great sense of humor about everything and all things.  How did I learn these things?

Because one afternoon, Dean asked me to show him how to do a pirouette (also, he was just getting into karate) outlook gratisen nederlands.  Because Dean Drummond plays a kithara, and in his mind that means he doesn’t have to iron his shirts if he doesn’t feel like it, and I play kithara so I’m not ironing my shirts, either.  I witnessed the fact that Dean Drummond had dedicated his life to pursuing new music, and exploring all the possibilities of sounds to create, and I saw how that took him all over the world, and to my little corner of it, and how, no matter what the university threw at him (and anyone from MSU can tell you that Montclair can throw it’s fair share of curve balls and put up road blocks), he was living a life to be proud of, to be satisfied with, to be happy with css herunterladen.  I’ve also witnessed Dean leap like a frog across the room, attempt to walk through walls.  I’ve seen him wear ridiculous hats and make silly faces, all in the name of music.

I’ve been thinking about Dean a lot because Dean had been sick, and Dean finally succumbed to his illness in April of this year.  I, like many students, was actually pretty devastated liebessprüche zum downloaden.  I think I still am.  With the tears welling up in my eyes as I type this right now, I think I was under the impression that Dean was going to live forever.  I mean, hey, he could walk through walls, so it was absolutely possible.  Until, of course, it wasn’t.

But I am thankful that my life’s path crossed with that of Dean Drummond navigation kostenlos herunterladen.  I won’t get too existential about it, but the only reason I came to Montclair was for a major I completely lost interest in, and in many ways, if it weren’t for Dean, I may not even have eventually become a musician.  If he hadn’t ended up at Montclair, I don’t know where I would have ended up.  So for that, and for so much more, Mean Dean the Theory Machine, I say thank you so very much, wherever you are.

Linky Dinks: Is Creativity Routine or Ritual?

I have never actually considered myself to be a creative person, if you can believe it.  I am a teacher, and that involves a lot of creativity, but as a performer, well, I am a performer mindmanager smart download for free.  I don’t go around writing piano solos – I merely play other people’s creative works.

But in college, my piano teacher disagreed with me o2 service suite herunterladen.  It’s one kind of creativity to create an original piece of music, but there is a different kind of creativity required to interpret someone else’s original piece of music, practice it and perfect, and then perform it and make it your own graphics driver nvidia download for free.  My college piano teacher is a highly intelligent woman, and so I won’t disagree with her, and I guess I am a creative person after all.

And after reading this article from the Creativity Post, I do feel a bit more like I fall into the “creative” category hörbuch herunterladen amazon.  There is absolutely a routine (or a ritual) involved in preparing oneself to perform.

I don’t think I have ever fallen onto the ‘ritual’ side of the argument – for myself, practicing piano is a routine, but what is the difference between a routine and a ritual anyway tastaturschreiben kostenlos herunterladen?  If I wake up every morning, go to the bathroom, take care of my dog, fix myself a cup of tea and play the piano for an hour, isn’t that a ritual spyder 3 herunterladen?  Or is it just a routine?

And routines and rituals aren’t just for us creative types, either.  Everyone has a “zone” that they can get to when they work apps von google play auf pcen.  You know, being “in the zone,” and getting a ton of work done, whether it’s writing, painting, accounting, or sales.  Do you get there out of routine or with a ritual microsoft word 2010 download kostenlos chip?  Do you have to create a space for yourself?  Or can it happen anywhere, at any time?

Linky Dinks: How to Take a Sabbatical

NO I AM NOT QUITTING ANY OF MY JOBS.

I repeat – this is not a herald of things to come.

However – I realize that there are people out there who maybe need to take a break from their jobs herunterladen.  Maybe because their jobs are just not as awesome as mine is.  Or maybe because certain life events have changed their point of view.  Or maybe, or maybe, or maybe anno 1701 download vollversion kostenlos deutsch.  There are probably a million reasons to take a break from your professional life.  And, of course, Lifehacker gives you the plan to make it happen open officeen nederlands.

This isn’t “hey, here’s all the reasons why you should take a break from life.”  This is, essentially, “hey, here’s how to do it and not be a homeless bum.”  TO summarize: figure out the why, when, how, and what herunterladen.  Figure out why you are choosing to take the sabbatical, plan when it starts and how long it will last, how to cover all your expenses while you are on your break, what you’ll do with all your new free time, and most importantly, how to exit the professional world and enter your sabbatical world melodies for free.

Sure, there are some people out there who have pretty ridiculous and amazing jobs like myself, and there are even some people who have jobs that while they are not as exciting, are still pretty awesome youtube videos in full hd herunterladen.  And for some people, maybe they just need a break from the every day grind for longer than just the standard two weeks paid vacation per year.

That Lifehacker article is for those people, and if anyone reads it, gets inspired and embarks on a new life adventure, I will be so happy to know that I shared it with them video von instagram downloaden pc.

Linky Dinks: Be Crazy Good, not Crazy Weird

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I think this is a really interesting technique that could be adapted to a number of situations and ideas full versions for free.  One example: What is the most cost effective way to accomplish something vs. the most extravagant way?  What is the quickest way to do something vs where can I books for free. the longest most drawn out way?  The possibilities and applications are endless.

Take 5: How Long Should I “X” For? X til you’re Happy!

Take 5 – taking a break. From time to time you just need to sit back, relax and reflect. Around here we’re going to try and do this on Fridays herunterladen. Of course, if it’s no longer Friday, you’re still allowed to come here, and comment about your week.

Every so often, a theme pops up in my teaching adobe pdf kostenlos herunterladen. I mean like I end up talking about the same things with multiple students. Sometimes I just get on a kick about one topic of another. Sometimes it’s purely coincidental, and sometimes it’s absolutely Anna-made (once, a boyfriend’s niece thought I was a cartoonist because when he was saying “animated,” she was hearing “Anna-made-it.”) spardasecureapp.

This week, Anna-made-it. We’re all still working on getting back into the school habits – waking up early, doing homework, going to after school activities grote apps downloaden 4g. Getting back in the practicing saddle is just another back to school routine to get into again, and I always work very closely with my students on their practice habits, all year long the elder scrolls online client herunterladen.

I’m a big fan of meeting kids where they’re at, and then traveling forward together. Sometimes I think this comes across as me being too easy, but I am not in the habit of forcing kids to do anything durak kostenlos herunterladen. No life-long learning ever happens that way. That’s not to say I don’t push my kids to be AWESOME, but I like it better when they feel they are in the passenger seat with the map as opposed to just sitting in the back looking out the window crime to download. So our first week back, the goal was just to practice. Just do it! Just get there! Sometimes that is the hardest step. And I’m happy to report that many of my students seem to have plenty of time to practice so far this year, getting to play 4-6 times a week snapshot kostenlos deutsch. (We’ll see how that’s going in a month or two.)

The following week they had to actually time themselves when they practiced. A few years ago, this was a harder task download the apartment confirmation. Now, between my students being older and either inheriting an old iPhone or getting a new one, almost every single one of my students has an iPhone or iPod with which I know they can time themselves skype kostenlos downloaden für macbook. I have to say, some of my students are already in good practicing habits, but some are just not sitting down for long enough, so this week their assignment was to practice for a minimum amount of time that I prescribed and then they had to keep working UNTIL THEY WERE SATISFIED WITH THAT DAY’S PROGRESS.

This is probably one of the biggest things I am trying to instill in my students this year. It isn’t about the minutes practiced, or the note speller pages completed, it’s about whether or not you are happy with the progress you’ve made, whether it is a small accomplishment like finally practicing for ten uninterrupted minutes or for something big like finally getting through the toughest section of the piece. It’s not the quantity, it’s the quality, and I’m trying to get them to realize that it is their decisions that affect their progress.

Yes, I absolutely believe that these life lessons can be taught to ten year olds. You’d be surprised. Or maybe you wouldn’t. Maybe I’m wrong. But we’ll see. Kids are pretty awesome people, and I’d like them to realize that they’ve got the ability to choose their own happiness.

So what did you accomplish this week, big or small?

Linky Dinks: Learning from Kids

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If I have learned anything – ANYTHING – from being a teacher, probably one of the most important lessons I have learned is that my kids will teach me just as much as I will teach them (if I pay attention and let them, of course) mastercraft kostenlos herunterladen.

And as this cute gallery from Mashable will show, one of the most important things that make kids awesome is their ability to dream without limits, and play wholeheartedly schriftart hochzeit herunterladen.  And, of course, that naps are way, way important.

Linky Dinks: Think about this Ladder for a Minute, will ya?

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This little thought experiment has been hurting my brain herunterladen.  So OF COURSE I wanted to share it with you all.

It has to do with the speed of light, mostly, which I do more or less understand, but when you couple it with the passage of time, and our perception of time, my brain goes a little wibbly-wobbly kann man youtube videos downloaden.

Why yes, of course, I just made a Doctor Who reference.  If not now, when? 

Linky-Dinks: Lifehacker Helps You Get it Done

Ironically, I can waste a lot of time browsing Lifehacker’s website. However, I recently came across this one article that answers the question, “How can I stay motivated and finish my school work linkedin videosen?” and simply had to share it with you all.

I know, I know, many of you who read this blog are long out of high school and college, but the guidance provided could easily be adapted to anyone in any work situation – even mine, with its crazy schedule computer image downloads for free!

The main points: take care of yourself – eat well, sleep enough; schedule your day better; know your learning style; play around with productivity styles; assess your level of burnout open office.org 3.2 kostenlos downloaden.  You might be thinking that, jeez, Miss Anna, this is all a lot of common sense.  But remember that time you stayed up all night to finish that term paper, and all you had to eat or drink was ramen noodles and coffee herunterladen?  It sure seemed like a good idea at the time, but remember how you crashed out afterwards?  When you’re stressed out, you know you don’t make the best decisions for yourself docx file download for free.  They get you through a situation, but they may not have been the best means to an end.

Doing seemingly simple things like making sure your fridge is stocked with healthy snacks or scheduling  social events for yourself may seem like they won’t have that much of an impact on your work day, or that they may even take away from your work day, but in the long run, they are really gifts that you are sending to your future self to make sure that he or she is taken care of ark pc for free.  A healthy, well rested body can work more attentively.

Check out the whole article for TONS more information.  And be sure to check out some of the related articles as well free apps voor android.  You could read for hours on productivity methods.  Which.. again.. is just kind of ironic.

I was a busy little bee

(fun – and short – story: the title of this entry was almost “i was a busy little beet.”  you’re wondering why i didn’t keep it, and honestly, so am i office 2016 für mac downloaden. the end.)

A new feature that I wanted to add to my blog this school year was sharing more links.  I read a TON of blogs (though I already know I will probably only be sharing links to articles from only a handful) and want to share some of what I read musiken programme.  My blogs are from all over the place, but I am going to try and pull them all back somehow to being creative, or being musical, or being with kids.  I hope you’ll indulge me, and I hope you’ll find these articles as interesting as I do anwb routeen.

There are a few articles, however, that I want to kick September off with.  One I had actually already read a few months ago, and then I stumbled onto it again herunterladen.  How to Escape the Cult of Busy.  (see how I used the word “busy” in my title herunterladen?  i’m ironic.)

This article, when I first read it, instantly struck a chord.  I so often just say that I am busy and leave it at that.  I don’t try and out-busy other people, and I am not just saying, ‘oh, I’m busy,’ to blow people off, though I am, more often than not, legitimately busy full version for free tuneup.  Sometimes I just try not to get into it because I don’t want to explain my job and random hours, and feel a little awkward telling my friends about children they’ll never meet, unless something truly exceptional and awesome has happened wifi hacker herunterladen.  So it’s just easy to say that I’m busy.

But am I?  My work hours really are very random, so I probably have the same amount of free time as everyone else does, just in variously sized chunks spread out over my week downloaden van nlziet.  It just seems like I’m busy because, oh, I technically have four jobs (if you don’t count being awesome, then i have five).  But my four jobs only bring me to about 50 hours worth of work each week, so I’m not really that much more busy than anyone else private tax 2018 zürich.  So this year I’ve decided to stop saying I’m busy.  I’m not busy.  At least, I’m no more busy than anyone else is.

Which brings me to these next two article herunterladen.

Please Stop Complaining about how Busy You Are and also Busy is the new Lazy.

Please.  Everyone is busy.  It’s not just you.  If you’re lucky enough to have a job, then you’re just as busy as the rest of us (and I have a few friends who are unemployed at the moment, and they seem to be legitimately busy as well).  Maybe you are really busy.  But try to put it into perspective.  You know who’s really busy?  The president.  Are you as busy as he is right now?  Oh, you’re not?  That’s what I thought.  I don’t mean to be snarky about it, but I think a little perspective is in order.

Maybe you only seem really busy because you’re giving yourself reason to be busy.  Remember “busy work” from grade school?  Maybe you are giving it to yourself.  Maybe you should follow the tips in this article to figure out what you need to stop doing so you can be less stressed out at your job and in your life.  And if you think you’re really stressed out, then you should stop what you’re doing and read this article over at Lifehacker because while I am sure you know that stress is not a good thing, I’m not sure if you knew exactly how stress affected your body, and of course it’s not in a good way.

So hopefully this year you can be less “busy” and focus on getting better work done.  This is my wish for *myself* as well as for all of you out there.  And one last link for you all, what to do in some of the time you’ll be freeing up from your schedule: Nap.  The world could use some more naps.

Every Day is a New Year

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Dr. Paul M. Beaudin at the Diocese of Metuchen’s headquarters (I’d like to think of it as a super duper secret lair for educational and religious things, but it’s not very secret at all, in fact, it’s a huge building in the middle of a field wimmelbild vollversion deutsch kostenlosen.  You couldn’t even sneak up to it unless you were in full camo gear and you shimmied across the whole way on your stomach, why do I even think of these things herunterladen?).  If you travel to his page on Iona College’s website, you will only get the tip of the iceberg on this guy herunterladen.  Yes, he is well educated.  But more than that, he just knows how to present to a crowd of fellow, well-educated individuals.  His talk on the Common Core (which is essentially a set of educational standards that all but just a handful of our United States have adopted) and how it is pushing teachers not just to cover different areas of subject matter, but to also focus more on critical thinking and problem solving instead of just, as he said it, “vomiting information onto your students for them to vomit back on to you,” was not just well put together and informative, but also peppered with jokes and a lot of audience interaction herunterladen.  Look, the common core relates to math and English/language arts, predominantly, and I still had a BLAST and left feeling absolutely energized about the school year schöne bescherung ganzer film kostenlos downloaden.  I don’t teach anything anywhere near those subjects (although I guess in a way, I do).

I took some pretty excellent notes (if I do say so myself) and wanted to share some of them with you guys programm zum videoen.  Hopefully you will become newly inspired and invigorated in whatever it is you do, even if it’s nowhere near the educational field.

 

When doing lesson plans you have to think of What you teach, How you teach, how you Test, Qho you teach, but most importantly, you have to think of Why you are teaching this, because everyone needs to know and understand that how can I download photoshop for free.

When you think of your favorite teacher, you don’t think of the subject matter they taught you, you think of Who they are and How they taught freecell kostenlos downloaden windows 10.

Let this school year be a new year for every student.  Let every day be a new year for every student.  The master teacher views every single child with a vision that may not be shared with any other person in the building siri appen.  The master teacher sees potential that others don’t.

No matter how you are elsewhere, when you teach you have to be the most organized person in the room amazon gekaufte mp3 herunterladen.

How you teach is your own, but respect the How that your students have been exposed to as well.

Be gentle with yourself (he said this in relation to bridging the gap between the old standards and the new common core standards, but this is excellent advice for anyone, always).

Know where your students are coming from and where they need to get to.

Ask better questions.

Essential questions are not answered in a 45 minute class period, essential questions are answered over a lifetime.  Write essential questions into your lesson plans.  Look at text in a deeper way, ask good questions of all students.

If there were no mistakes we wouldn’t need schools. (I TELL MY STUDENTS THIS ALL THE TIME!)

God wrote the class list even though it comes on sister’s letterhead – they are here to learn from you and you are there to learn from them.

Be able to say, I’m good, but I need help with this.

If every single child was perfect, your job would be boring.

Understanding is ownership.

I am free!  I am free to not cover every page of the book, the book is not the curriculum, the book is a tool (I have been saying this one to myself for awhile now, too!).

Don’t give up on vocabulary.

No more spoon feeding – give students the tools to unpack information themselves.

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I think I loved this talk so much, not just because it was inspiring from an educational standpoint, but if you read that list, you come to realize that so many of those things apply not so much to teaching, but just to being a better person.  And that’s something everyone can use.  After all, if every single person was perfect, then life would be boring.