Tuesdays are a difficult day with working three schools, but what helps get me through is the children and the fact how lucky I am to be working as much as I do while there are still so many people unemployed.
Today was an unexpected day in many respects, but I will share one with you.
When I went to my second school of the day I noticed several young ladies walking around. When I asked one of the teachers who they were I was told they were student teachers from the outskirts of Montreal observing the school. I was surprised when one of them came into my second class and sat down. We were singing Hillel’s Song by Ma Tovu and then we discussed the lyrics. I think that is so important. I want the students to think and I want the song to have meaning. The visiting student teacher left and came back with one of her peers. We sang One Day by Matisyau and Akon, and as well discussed the lyrics. It was time for my third class where we went through the sign language for one of the pieces we have been practicing the past couple of weeks. I’ll get back to you on the exact title. I guess I am so tired, I have blanked out. Then we practiced Across the River by Sam Glaser. After these classes, the student teachers came up to me saying that they thought very highly of how I run the music classes. One of them even said I play excellent guitar! I was pretty shocked at that comment!
Anyway, all of this made my day. Not only did all my classes go well today in my schools, but the compliments from these young observers had me on a high.