"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily life, 41

Well. Today was a first.

In twenty years of teaching, I've never been in a classrom where a student fell asleep right before my eyes.

Fell, being the operative word.

Kindergarten Music. Monday morning. In the middle of singing a new song... Jannika* blinked a few times, then nodded her head slowly as her eyelids lowered...then slumped to one side....then collapsed onto the rug.

Well. I guess Mondays can be a little rough sometimes.

*Jannika is, of course, not this sleepy little one's real name.

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