Choral Caffeine: Chili in My Chocolate
Date: August 8, 2012
Recently a friend introduced me to chili infused chocolate. It sounded less than appealing (okay, it sounded gross), but I tried it. And although it killed me to admit it out loud, she was right . . . it was delicious; a tasty oxymoron in a foil wrapper.
Certain words just don’t go together, do they? Like “civil war,” “easy payments,” or “fresh sour cream.” Or, how about this: “Serenity for the Middle School Choir Director.” Despite the seeming oxymoron, Kathy Lollar’s article (published in Texas Sings, Vol. 25, No.2) advocates just that.
I have found a measure of contentment in my own teaching by keeping “The Serenity Prayer” in mind. I always consider that my middle schoolers are really just children who reside in bigger bodies. I have learned to choose my battles carefully.
I have decided to avoid frustration by altering my expectations of student behavior and responding with a sense of humor. I attempt to create a classroom atmosphere which includes mutual respect, a variety of activities, and lightheartedness. My goal is to provide a setting where young musicians can flourish and where I can enjoy my time with students.
As the new season starts, resolve to maintain a little more calm in your life (not to mention a little more chili chocolate).
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