Category: Teaching

Trust: Today I failed.

I try hard to build, earn and enjoy healthy, appropriate, trusting relationships with students. I want them to be comfortable coming to me — and I think most are. About anything. Yes. I want to believe what they tell me — and try to. I’m not so naive to think that I’ve never been lied to, but I’m willing to take that chance by trusting first — and until I can’t. Through the years that I’ve taught, I think I’ve done pretty well most of the time. Today I failed.

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I WANT To Trust You

“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honesty, I lose myself.” –William Shakespear “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.”–Janis Joplin “Some things are black and white, right and wrong, good and bad. Honesty is one of those things. You

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10+ Values Marching Band Students learn

By John Gardner See Teens At Their Best This is a followup article to an article, “14 Ways to Volunteer for a Marching Band to Appreciate and Applaud what is Good about Teenage America”, which focused on ways to share

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Marching Band Freshmen and Newbie Survival Guide

The biggest challenge is for newbies to grasp the concept. Some come to us after being big, bossy 8th graders in the Middle School…and now they are….rookies. Our eighth graders get to spend time in both worlds.

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10 Tips for Business and Education Professionals

Few business items are as irritating as people who don’t respond to email in a timely manner. If you regularly start your responses with, “Sorry for the delay….”, you need to read this post.

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My Advice For High School Graduates

I would love to contribute to the significant cash cache of these deserving teens — but instead I write a personal note and usually share pictures from their years in band, hoping that the words and pictures will remain after the cash is spent.

Here’s some additional advice:

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Do it right the first time, or do this…

Wednesday – Last Student Day
Friday – Graduation
Monday – Memorial Day
Tuesday – SUMMER SCHOOL STARTS
…and this happens every year.

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3 Types of Thriving Teens Graduating

There are generally three types of thriving teens graduating and who will be walking across that stage.

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Teens are worth it!

Those of you in the adulting business, know that you can have a positive impact. Try, even when you don’t see the results, or the result isn’t what you hoped for. And then, when you get one of these occasional notes, recharge your advocating batteries and keep at it.

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And the band plays on – at Graduation

Seniors are gone and school is out. Marching band, for many, is already up and running and the next year is under way. The local band has a parade performance three weeks after school is out.

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