Is it too late to learn an instrument?

Easy Answer: Nope. It’s going to be hard but it’s never to late to learn.

More Detailed Answer: Throughout our school years we get caught up in playing outside with our friends, going to the mall, homework, and so on and so forth. While we may learn how to intially play or even just have music in lower level education, many forget or don’t practice and therefore forget. Taken from an article (found here):

“Playing music can invigorate you, relax you, make you laugh, be a friend when times are hard, bring back cherished memories, and also is a great vehicle to connect with other generations. Play a song for your parents and unlock long forgotten memories. Play along with your son and he may laugh at you, but he will also tell his friends that his Mom is cool.”

Is it going to be hard? Possibly. You will need to set aside a time to practice as well as take lessons. It’s all how you think of it. As a reminder (also found in the article above) music is not a punishment, it is a reward.

I hope this encourages you to pick up an instrument, new or old, and give yourself a reward!

Junk Food Laws

Recently the school board I work for changed their policies on vending machines. As far as I know, all schools in the system have replaced pop/soda with healthier alternatives as well as the snacks machines. Some schools have even gone so far as to remove them entirely.

When I went to school (which was in the last 10 years) we still had all that ‘unhealthy’ stuff. I will admit that the occasional bag or chips or chocolate bar would be the perfect way to get over that failed test or whatever else had gone wrong in the day. I personally never abused this privilege but I sure know people who did.

I’m curious to know whether these new changes and laws (all over Canada and the United States) are actually going to make a difference in the lives of children?

Junk Food Laws May Help Curb Childhood Obesity This article found on Huffington Post Education, talks about a few studies done that prove that states with strong laws on junk food have kids who gain less weight at critical growth years. I encourage you to read it and form your own opinions.

I’m still going to encourage my students to learn about nutrition and make their own healthy decisions.

Ever Called a Student Stupid? Neither Have I

Here’s a little story about what happens when a teacher calls a student stupid.

I can’t even begin to tell you what went through my mind when I read this. Most of all it was shock. Shock that anything like that would come out of a teacher’s mouth.

I highly suggest you read this and re-evaluate how you word things to students. I know that one of my new goals is to try and say everything is a positive way. For example saying “Walk to the door” instead of “Don’t run!”. It’s a small step but I think it’s a good place to start.

What are you going to do?