Music Teacher Tip #51 - You Are Amazing!

Well, many of you just survived day one of virtual or in-person or hybrid teaching. As Elle Woods would say, “We did it!!!” But there is so much more to be done with so many unknowns.

While I’m tempted to give you a teaching tip, my heart tells me that you just need encouragement and maybe someone to remind you how amazing you are.

You have reinvented yourself, how your subject is taught, what your classroom looks like, how to navigate EVERY online platform in existence. You have managed to remotely interact with EVERYONE with a smile on your face (maybe under a mask) and you’re still standing and still willing (I think) to do it again tomorrow!!!

You amaze me.

Give yourself grace.

Celebrate something good - even if it was only one moment... That one moment will sustain you if you celebrate it!

And replay it.

Take time to take care of your soul. Listen to the most beautiful piece of music that you can find. Close your eyes and be still and bask in the beauty of it.

Eat something good for you that’s tasty too like a wonderfully ripe peach. Don’t do anything else while you eat it other than smile and maybe lick your lips.

Open the window and listen to the crickets, frogs, and cicadas.

Hug your person or your kid or your pet. Shoot! Hug yourself if you have to, but make sure you are fully squeezed to fuel yourself for another day.

You don’t have to be perfect.

You just have to keep caring about yourself and others.

Let that be enough for now.

I love every stinking one of you!  Be good to yourself and we’ll talk again tomorrow.

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