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On occasion I sub in the school I went to.  On occasion the students mention a photo of me. EVERY TIME I cringe and laugh.

My high school decided to hang old photos and memorabilia all around the cafeteria.  While in school I was presented with an award for doing well on the SAT (I think or some other test thinger, they all blend together).  They took pictures and for some reason it’s hanging up.  I dislike pictures of myself.  I don’t believe we were warned that we were taking them.  But what makes me laugh is students ask if it’s me.  If you look at the picture it clearly has my name on it;  I haven’t gotten married;  I have had old teachers and faculty say my first name;  I don’t look much different from when I was in high school (a few extra inches tall and sadly a few extra pounds).  I was even standing next to it today when I was asked; you think that would be an easy comparison, right? Yet, I am always surprised when they ask because the answer is so obvious. But then again, I find many of the answers I want from students are like this, they just have to do a little work.

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Today, I subbed for the band director. This is probably the one subject where I am completely clueless and can’t even wing it.  Surprisingly, these kids had their routine down and basically handled themselves.  The first class was intense because it was the concert choir, big class, lots of noise.  One of the students was a future music major so he was conducting the class.  To my shock he had things running smoothly.  I expected kids to ignore him or goof off but there was very little of this.  While he took charge I walked around the room or stood and listened.  I have little musical skills and am fascinated by how the instruments work.  I remember when I was little I would play with the buttons on my mom’s flute and see where the pieces would move.  One of the horns was particularly fascinating because the valve pieces rotated and seemed like something that would be in a car or other machine.

There was a grad student who was present for field hours and would be student teaching next semester.  It’s always interesting to talk to other trainee teachers to see what paths they have taken.  He was helpful with the jazz lab who needed to work on solos and was really able to critique them.    Being in this post made me really appreciate the work the students do to put on performances and made me wish the arts programs got more attention…and that I had some musical talent.

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