A Grateful Heart and an Elementary GIveaway:  the act of being grateful + personal refection before the start of a new school year

I had a very tough year last year.  I won’t go in to details, but suffice it to say that I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on myself and my teaching.  I want to make sure that when I step back into that classroom this year, that everything with in me is ready for the best year ever!  I have a job that I love.  For that, I am grateful.

This will be my 21st year teaching elementary music.  My 17th year in my district, and my 10th in my current school.  I’ve been an itinerant teacher for 17 years – meaning I travel between two schools during the week.  It’s my least favorite part of the job, but it’s given me opportunities to see other programs, meet other teachers, and teach different children.  For that, I am grateful.

I see my kids once every three days – 60 times a year.  I read the stories in different music groups about how infrequently some of you see your students.  I read about teaching on a cart.  I read about mandatory concerts and programs each semester.  I read about the lack of materials, supplies, and instruments.  I haven’t had a music budget in years, but everything I need, I have.  For that , I am grateful.

As I try to appreciate all that is good in my life, and good in my teaching, I realize that only thing I can be is grateful.  Grateful that my passion is my job.  Grateful that I can provide my 450+ students the music education they deserve.  Grateful that I get to share my passion for music education with others through workshops, conference sessions, MLT certifications, and TeachersPayTeachers.  I am so grateful that YOU let me be a tiny part of your musical journey.  So, I can only say thank you and give back a small portion of what you have given me.

I’m hosting a Back to School Giveaway for Elementary Music Teachers.  Prizes are listed below.  The giveaway ends Thursday, August 18 at 11:59 pm.  Winners will be announced Friday.  Enter up to 5 times to win!  Then take a moment and think…  What are you grateful for this year?

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