Sunday, June 28, 2009
HOW DO YOU NOT LOVE THIS SONG?
Bright Side Of The Road - Van Morrison
My wife and I spent the weekend with our children. It was a great fun weekend. This song always reminds me of my family. That means my parents, brothers, and my children and wife. They are my "Bright Side of the Road." At the beginning of the school year I set forth my rules and tell the students about all the work they'll do in my class. I teach Advanced Placement U.S. history and Honors World History. They are amazingly demanding classes. I make a point of putting on my best "I'm not messing around face." I bring this up now because I have been doing my homework for the new school year and I'm missing it.
I know the stereotype is that teachers want to be out of school, but while that is true to an extent, I miss the contact with the students. I look forward to the first day of school and this song. What?
After I make my speech about how hard this class will be, I make the students stand up. They look quizzically at each other, but they stand. I make a big point of going over and putting on the music. Then this song begins and you can see them look at each other and begin to smile. I then start dancing around the room and they begin to dance. It turns into a mass dance and a celebration. When the song ends they look at me and I give them the "It's time to work look." From then on they're relaxed and we get along fine.
Where did this come from? My daughter, who is the queen of dancing, singing, and creativity. She's a teacher too. I am lucky enough to learn from her.