Friday, April 22, 2011

Reading Week 4

Photo by JelleS
I think we are all in agreement that this book was read at the right time in the program. We really didn't have to sink out teeth into with content knowledge. It was a new approach to looking at things, a new perspective, a fresh idea for us to grasp. It was well placed with in the timeframe of our program. I just love this book and all the musical references from allowing children to taking control of the orchestra to the vivid thoughts about the musical works he has performed with. Being a musician myself, I can really relate to a lot of the things he talks about. One thing that really hit me like most others in lighting the spark inside students to drive the passion they might have. All it takes is one small spark to set an entire forest on fire given the right ingredients. As a teacher, I really look forward to making an impact on my students. Another idea that hit me was the concept of being the framework for my life. It's not always about the others controlling my life, but myself taking the initiative to control how my life is run and the outcome of my life. I must learn that I can't blame others even if they are at fault. I can choose how my life is run and myself only. Now I can't control others and the environment 100%, but I can choose how they will affect me if in any way. I really enjoyed reading this book and taking a fresh look at some old ideas.


  1. Wow, great summary and commitment to the choices you are making in your life. I love your phrase: "I can choose how my life is run and myself only." Onward and upward.

  2. I appreciated your comment "taking the initiative to control how my life is run and the outcome of my life". This post and this book could not have come at a more opportune time for me. Like many educators, there are those weeks when life happens and we have to deal with situations that arise and make a choice on who, if any, are we going to allow to influence us during this time with their back-handed comments that are meant to elevate themselves and put you down at the same time. Thanks for your comment. This is something that I really need to hear again.