We had our first teachers’ meeting Sunday morning at one of the synagogues I work at. Saw some old friends and looking forward to making new ones. I am very excited about co-teaching sixth grade with a very artistic colleague. The couple of things I had in mind regarding how to reinforce the concept/meaning of prayers she was very receptive to. We are suppose to get together for lunch this Thursday to organize and exchange ideas. The one project I would like to do with the students is have them pick their favorite prayer and use micro-calligraphy to express their feelings about it. I thought it would be awesome to put them out on nicely covered tables in November for their class Shabbat service with a sign explaining what this kind of art is. I really want to make prayer thought provoking for the students. I don’t want them just sitting in class and reciting the whole time. That would be boring for me as well.
Yesterday, I finally put down on paper the melody that has been stuck in my head for the prayer Adon Olam. I am soooo excited about this. Hopefully this will take to me writing some others. Today I will put the words in and tweak the timing a little bit. The timing I had in my head did not sound so great on the playback. At the same time I am learning to navigate and use Finale Notepad which is the program I have for writing music.
High Holidays is still weighing on my mind. Looking forward to them, but also happy when they are done since I am responsible for everything in my congregation.
Well, time to go and get busy, and hopefully if the weather holds out, get in the pool for a little while.