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What music can teach us… September 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — tjordan @ 10:44 am

I am teaching a Physical Education 9 class with one of my colleagues. On paper the class has 41 students…today, because of math remediation, there were only 6 students. Sometimes it can be difficult to teach 6 students, other times you can make the most progress with that size of a class. Relationships can be built just that much faster!

Today, we had one of the students playing appropriate songs on his iPod on the iPod dock. One song was Ace of Base and the next was a song very similar to Mary Poppins. It was interesting to hear the polar opposite tastes thamusict this student held in music…interesting. The next student put his iPod on the dock and my colleague chose a song to play. It was The Climb by Miley Cyrus. Very nice song, with a strong message. However, it was not at all what I expected this student to be listening to. I asked him about it…he said that his sister liked it so he put it on his iPod for her. What a sweet brother.

Many of you may have heard some of the negative experiences that I have had in the school that I am now teaching in. Moments like this remind me that these are just kids. In many cases, these are kids that have many issues, that have siblings they are responsible for…these are kids that have to grow up so much faster than children in many other parts of the country.  Listening to their music reminded me of these things and reminded me that no matter how hopeless I feel somdays…there is hope for them, for me and for our relationship to learning.

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