I was told today that the small bulletin board by my desk is "the most Robyn thing ever". I could pretend I don't know what that means, but I do. So I'd like to take you on a little walk through, if you will....
I mentioned this tv show called *Pitch on Facebook because I was hoping people would watch it so it doesn't get cancelled. I tried to sweeten the deal by pointing out that it stars Mark Paul Gosselaar, or as I call him, LumberZack Morris! Shortly after, pictures of him have been popping up in my classroom about once a week. On my SMART board, hidden in bins, or taped to the ceiling. We have a resident prankster at our school!
*If you're looking for a show with an amazing message for women, please check this show out on Hulu or OnDemand!
Lots of music teachers have these mini resin busts of classical composers, but since I can't seem to do anything simply, I invested in the action figures instead, of which I have several.
My classroom is an apolitical place, but for the first time in my career I feel as though I have students who are carrying the current climate on their shoulders. To be clear, this should not be a political statement and yet, here we are. The Hate Has No Home Here Project was started by the North Park neighborhood in Chicago and promotes just and inclusive communities by encouraging neighbors to declare their homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship to be safe places where everyone is welcome and valued. The phrase itself was designed by elementary students at Peterson Elementary School. This poster is in English, Urdu, Arabic, Korean, Hebrew and Spanish. You can get your free printable here.
Three teachers from my building, including myself, decided to sign up for grad school together. I cannot tell you how amazing it has been having that support right down the hall. I made one of these for each of us at the start. The students are heavily vested in the countdown too, which was totally unexpected!
A card from one of the ladies in our masters cohort trio! Did I mention that we are getting our degrees in Educational Technology? PS- does the outdated iPhone cable bother anyone else!?
You know how some people have what book they are reading as a part of their email signature? I absolutely want mine to say "Currently Reading How To Kazoo: The Complete Guide and Practitioner's Manual" just to see if anyone would notice. Unfortunately, I value gainful employment too much to do it.
This is my school portrait, taken shortly after the Cub's won the World Series. I have worked at my current school for 9 years and somehow have avoided the yearbook photo every year. Originally I was a traveling teacher and then... I just kind of avoided it. So this year the office staff, who happen to be White Sox fans, warned me I better get my butt to the gym for my photo or they would summon me over the building-wide PA system. I really, REALLY think this is what they had in mind. I made my friend Michelle literally hide behind me with the win flag. She's both in the photo and not in the photo at the same time. I just got a new building ID badge with the same picture on it that I am supremely proud of.
For when I need a reminder. You can print one here.
Reese: Elementary Music Teacher in Chicagoland. Clarinetist and Trumpeter.
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