Monday, November 26, 2012

Performance Class

     I taught my first ever performance class tonight! And, wonder of wonders, it went really well! It wasn't seamless, and it wasn't perfect, but we had a lot of fun and I got a good idea of how many activities you can fit into one night and what games work well.
     I used the "Call-It" game from the Music Matters blog as an opening activity after having students introduce themselves. We changed up the rules a little bit, one of my students was a violin student, and one was a fairly new beginner, so I let the student who drew the letter have a chance first to come up with a word for the letter. They got one point if they could come up with a word, and if they could define it they got another point. If they couldn't come up with anything, the letter was up for "steal", and a steal is only worth one point. The first student to 10 points won (I only had four students, so if we had gone through all of the tiles it would have taken a long time). I think that if I had a group of older students, the original rules would work better, but for younger students it was a great ice breaker.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The "Gap" Year

     At one point I had this entire post written out in my head. It was witty, profound, had incredible, vintage-esque pictures in it and might have made you cry. (Or not.) Since I didn't write it down, you get to read this instead.
     My name is Jessica. If you read my blog, you probably already know that. I graduated highschool last spring and since then have been taking what the people around me call a "gap" year and what I just call "a year off from school".
    
     Disclaimer #1: I am not taking a gap year because I don't know what I want to do with my life. That is a great reason to take a gap year, but it is not the only reason to take a year off before you go to college and incur thousands of dollars of debt. When someone tells you they took a gap year, ask them why, don't assume that it's because they have no idea what they want to do in the future. They'll appreciate the question even if they don't know what they want to do.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Shame and Honor

            How do you feel about awkward moments? I tend to avoid them, steer clear of them, stay away from them. I have a friend who is learning that sometimes, you have to be awkward and that's okay, as long as you are being obedient to God's will. She's totally right, and I am thankful that God is using her to teach me the same lesson in my life.
      As I was reading the following passage this week, I realized that for the woman, what was supposed to be a beautiful thing had just turned into a terribly awkward, embarrassing moment. See for yourself:  

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