Being Centered

“Music is an outburst of the soul.” Frederick Delius

Heart-a-Day #25A

Music and song are at the core of my being.  I feel centered when I can incorporate music into a lesson.  I’m in my element.  When I teach the songs for my own “Gingerbread Man – The Musical,” I come alive.  I feel energized.  The students’ enthusiasm is exciting and we have fun retelling this story through song.  We even create some simple sets, costumes and add a bit of choreography.  When we perform our musical for families and guests, it’s received with jubilant applause.  As the students share their favorite parts, it’s easy to see their powerful learning.  Adding music to a lesson is an effective way for students to master content.  When I feel centered by sharing my love of music, I’m creating an engaging and fun environment for learning.

What centers you in teaching?  Is there a favorite movie you can incorporate into a lesson about different cultures?  Can your love of photography and the pictures you’ve taken provide a meaningful writing lesson for your students?  Finding your center can ground you as a teacher.  It allows you to be in your element.


(Access to these photographs does not constitute a transfer of copyright or a license for commercial use.  The images are for personal use only.  No portion of the images can be used without the expressed written permission of Michael B. Stanley, Jr.)

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I am an artist, musician, author and kindergarten teacher wanting to share what I have learned about teaching and making art.

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