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English

The Angry First-Grader

I will pace the floor at home in an effort to find appropriate ways to work with students. Some teachers feel I overdo this, spending way too much time fussing. Either a student is going to follow directions, they say,…
January 9, 2020
Education

Shining Teacher Moment

I was recently asked to talk about a “shining teacher moment.” Hmmm. Shining moments happen when students combine talent, focus, and a desire to perform well in order to produce amazing “history with music-drama-dance” productions. This is a shining moment:…
October 13, 2019
News

U.S. Life-Saving Service Patch

August 30, 2019 Ernie Eldredge (USCG) presents his cousin Rebecca Locklear with their great-grandfather’s U.S. Life-Saving Service patch. Ernest “Skipper” Eldredge was a surfman who helped rescue crew and passengers on stranded or sinking ships in Chatham, MA between 1898…
October 8, 2019
Education

Motivating Students

You walk into your 6th grade music class on the first day of school and all students are sitting with their arms crossed. Or more likely, they are texting each other. Maybe your 7th grade English class exclaims as a…
September 12, 2019
English

Latin OR Latin and Greek Roots?

Recently, a homeschool mom asked if her children should learn Latin or Latin and Greek roots. Two dear friends of mine are Latin teachers but I have written a book on root words called Word Archeology,  so ah…there’s my bias.…
September 12, 2019
Music

Sore Throat Remedies for Singers and Actors

Music and drama teachers learn to deal with any student trauma thrown their way. That includes the main vocal soloist or musical lead chugging antibiotics for strep throat, and other students with sore throats. Students can usually manage to sing…
August 13, 2019