I’m actually embarrassed to say how long it has been since I last posted anything here. Time has passed and “things” have happened in my life and in the lives of those around me. I allowed those “things” to block off a bridge that I enjoyed building between myself and anyone interested enough in readingContinue reading “Absent, but not really missing…”
Author Archives: Just call me Nan.
We ache. We weep.
My goal for this week was to share follow-up thoughts on Fall ’20 goals for teaching in the face of COVID-19. Of course, I still believe this is a worthwhile topic. In the face of what our nation has been facing since the senseless death of George Floyd, I’m having a hard time thinking aboutContinue reading “We ache. We weep.”
Not looking back & trying not to look too far ahead.
Nearly done… The Class of 2020 virtually graduated this past Friday evening. I’ve never been a delight at commencement ceremonies (have tissues, will travel). Our underclassmen/women started their final exams today. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our little corner of the world, my mind is focused on wrapping upContinue reading “Not looking back & trying not to look too far ahead.”
I’ll share my heart if you share yours…
“Meet them where they are.” I can hear those words being shared by so many of my Music Ed profs over the years. These days, that means finding a way to keep my Choir kids as musically-engaged as possible despite the miles that are separating us. This isolation flies in the face of what ensembleContinue reading “I’ll share my heart if you share yours…”
I’m terribly sorry if you’re in need of a haircut, touchup, manicure, massage, or a new tattoo. Get over yourselves. I’m not even prefacing that with a “please.” Just, get over yourselves. Did you hear about the 5-year-old who was taken by COVID-19? I doubt that you heard about a recent alum…19 years old…who isContinue reading “Seriously…”
Because the hits really should keep coming…
the musical ones, that is, How could I forget… I’ve been putting together a virtual playlist since starting the COVID-19 quarantine journey. It is eclectic, if nothing else, and represents music that I’ve either conducted, performed, or just touches my soul. So, here you go with my effort to catch you up on this playlist.Continue reading “Because the hits really should keep coming…”
Just Keep Spinning Those Plates
We’re all in this together! The musical theatre director in me can’t hear the above missive without thinking about the infamous “High School Musical.” Sadly, these words now hold a totally different emotion especially as we are on day 2 of yet another week of socially-distanced teaching. So, here is my question for this week:Continue reading “Just Keep Spinning Those Plates”
Where, oh where have my students been?
After taking a 3-month break from blogging, it feels good to be back. Besides the opportunity to share thoughts and pose questions to whomever is reading this, I’m selfishly using it as an opportunity to communicate. Please know that I continue to enjoy rich communication with my husband (walking saint that he is), but sinceContinue reading “Where, oh where have my students been?”
And just like that…Heart Month 2020 is in the books.
After an “eventful” first few months of 2020, it feels great to return to this blog. Thank you for indulging me as I share about something other than music education that remains close to my heart (pardon the pun). This year, we have 1 extra day to “celebrate” Heart Month. I remain in awe atContinue reading “And just like that…Heart Month 2020 is in the books.”
Note to Teachers: Your Students Can (and Should) be Taught to Find the Leader Within (thank you).
We aren’t a large faculty and staff, but there are just some people with whom my regular paths don’t cross. Last week, I had opportunities to just sit and chat with two of those colleagues. I felt as if Christmas had arrived early. Our conversations were rich and the take-aways were many. The one thatContinue reading “Note to Teachers: Your Students Can (and Should) be Taught to Find the Leader Within (thank you).”