I am teaming up with other music education bloggers to spread some positive thoughts this week, and I'd love for you to join us! November and December are very busy time for music educators, full of performance opportunities. Add to all of those music responsibilities, there are the teacher responsibilities such as mid year assessments, grades, parent conferences. We want to give you some encouragement and reasons to be optimistic about your job. There is even a giveaway to further brighten your spirits!
One of the advantages of being the last blog in the series is that I have been able to see some of the other blog posts before I begin my post. I have a similar story to many of the other music teacher bloggers in that I feel that music education chose me, and I can't imagine what else I would ever do! You can read about some of my first year teacher experiences here. My family has moved many times over the last 30 years, and music education has been very good fit for me. I have been able to work in many different levels and disciplines, from high school band, elementary band, beginning strings, to children's choirs and elementary general music. Many jobs, but always music.
|One of my first "blue" file memories, more than 25 years old!|
The purpose is to tuck away mementos that bring back sweet memories.
When times are tough, and tears are burning, go straight to your blue file. Just flipping through the items that I have kept will bring me back to the reason that I keep doing this hard, sweet, satisfying, important job of making music with children.
Of course, the children can give you the best inspiration to keep going! Sometimes it is those same children who often exhibit negative behaviors that offer the best hugs and notice when you are having a tough time. Truly, they can relate to your experience. Treasure their sweet notes and pictures.
Colleagues often give wonderful encouragement! During times of conflict at work, it is nice to remember that, while it is hard now, it wasn't always that way. People do care! Right now may not be the best time for you, but during your break I challenge you to take a minute to think about a colleague you might encourage with a personal note, too.
Professional recognition is also encouraging. We all know that we often don't get enough of this, so it is important to remember the times when someone noticed!
My spirits are already better just because I have looked up these favorites to photograph for this post. I hope this post encourages you to look back through your own sweet memories and set up your own "blue" file!
As I said, I am teaming up with other music education bloggers for a week of encouragement. As a part of our good wishes for you, we are hosting a giveaway.
You can enter the giveaway (and help spread the love) two ways: commenting on our blog posts (links in the giveaway below) all week- there has been one or two of us posting each day- and sharing your own inspiration on social media with the hashtag #whyiteachmusic. Don't forget to include a link to this blog post so others can enter the giveaway too! You can share every day until Monday 11/21 and earn more entries (and spread more positivity)!
Each of us is giving away something different, so there will be plenty of winners! My prize is a music themed journal, filled with blank pages to record your very own stories, and your very own "blue" file.
Make sure to enter the giveaway below. Leave me a comment! I can't wait to hear some of your stories of encouragement. Good luck!
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