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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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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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10 Ways for Adults to Make A Difference in Teen Lives

Teen years can be trying times. Parents may be fighting, separating, dating and remarrying, which means the teen now has to not only deal with a break up of a foundation in his/her life, but often now has to live in multiple households. Some have to adjust to step-siblings, job losses, financial struggles and more. Then, there are the complexities of school with seemingly unending pressures to perform, trying to get through the dating games, often without an anchor or example to follow. Influenced by increasingly negative social standards, or lack of standards….. teens can get caught in the rise and falling tides. Most learn how to negotiate life’s trying currents, but can turn the wrong way, make a miscalculation or poor decision — and find themselves high and dry on the beach…..and they need help. Not every student needs, wants or will accept a teacher’s help. Sometimes the teacher’s effort is both unappreciated and unsuccessful.

But try we must…because we CAN make a difference “to THAT one”.

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Excellence and Self Esteem

By John Gardner I have been conflicted for years on the proper educationally correct balance between helping students feel good about themselves….and encouraging achievement by encouraging and expecting excellence. In a scholarly paper entitled, “Self-Esteem and Excellence: The Choice and

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10+ Values Show Choir Students Learn

By John Gardner See Teens At Their Best This is a followup article to, “14+ Ways To Volunteer For A Show Choir To Help Teens Sing Their Hearts Out“, which focused on ways to share your talents and abilities and experience

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4 Influential Men in My Life

By John Gardner “Individuals who made it out of poverty usually cite an individual who made a significant difference for them.” -Ruby Payne, PhD “I can cite four.” -John Gardner On Thanksgiving Day 2014, I learned that James Copenhaver, my

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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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What I Learned From A Korean Exchange Clarinet Student

A few years ago I had a Korean clarinet student during a semester that he was an exchange student here. I met him on a cold winter day. Waiting for him in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building at Huntington University, I saw him jump out of the car, no coat — and with clarinet already assembled and literally running to the building. He was not late.

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Teachers need to be more like good doctors than assembly line educators

By John Gardner I’ve written about “factory education”: indications you are teaching or in a factory school factory education with a look at Henry Ford’s assembly line I have never worked on a factory assembly line and the only time I’ve

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