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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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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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Raise the bar with PRACTICE

It is like texting except you’re using all your fingers

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My Philosophy of Education and why I interact with students the way I do

I share these correspondences to make several points. I utilize a variety of technologies in communicating, informing, teaching and mentoring. I have earned my students’ trust and they are comfortable coming to me in times of crisis outside the subject I teach. I am making a LASTING IMPACT on these students’ lives! I don’t just teach music, but use music education to change people’s lives for the better.

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How to Write a Student Reference Letter

A former student who is now a 2nd year teacher contacted me about needing to write a student recommendation letter and asked if I had a template or something I could share.   Use school letterhead when possible. Address “To

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Band Freshman vs General Population Freshman

Seniors ignore freshmen and freshmen steer clear of seniors….except for BAND freshmen!

Marching band starts just days after graduation with rehearsals in June and a two-week band camp prior to school. So, by the time non-band freshmen arrive, band freshmen have 100 friends, including seniors.

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Plot Your Course, Lock It In, Make It So and Boldly Go!

by John Gardner I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions because failure is anticipated and minimized, indicating a lack of real resolve. People resolve to lose weight, but surrender to the flurry of New Year’s fast food restaurant

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10 Anti-Excellence HS Peer Pressure Standards

I’m tired of being the geek. I’m tired of ruining the curve. I’m tired of people getting mad at me because I do the extra credit anyway. I want to go somewhere I can be normal; where it is okay to be an achiever.

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Common Core Standards for Sports

By John Gardner Sports in public schools cannot continue to assign and support labels like “winners” and “losers”. We don’t tolerate that in our classrooms, so why should it be acceptable in sports? Athletics should follow the academic practice –

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Band Director Responsibilities

By John Gardner A few years ago, I was tasked with putting together a list of responsibilities of the head director at my school. This is a generic approximation of the band director position in a moderately large high school.

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