I’m currently in a North American Geography block with my class and I am loving this book. It is so full of good old classic tunes that everyone knows. Just perfect for sitting around a classroom (or a campfire) and singing. On our recent trip my students and I sang Let It Be, This Land is Your Land, Edelweiss and lots of other great classics. For my work with the class we’re singing Home on the Range, This Land is Your Land and today we even tried out Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys. So much fun!
Now, a disclaimer — this book is great for songs you already know. It gives the chords and the lyrics, but there are no notes for the melody. This why it’s great for the old classics and for singing along with guitar (or ukulele).
This is the time of year when many of us are looking at preparing for the next year. For many people this means lots of intense preparation over the summer. There are many ways to go about this and I’ve tried out a few different ideas.
- Summer Intensive at Rudolf Steiner College. Every summer Rudolf Steiner College offers a week-long course on each grade called “The Art of Teaching.” In the past I have found these intensives incredibly informative and hugely valuable. The Art of Teaching Grades 7 and 8, for example, are simply not to be missed. Every time I’ve gone I’ve come away feeling completely prepared to teach the next grade.
- The Center for Anthroposophy offers similar courses that they call “Renewal Courses.” These courses are less focused on a specific grade. Instead, they offer an opportunity to gather with other teachers and focus on a particular subject matter. The one I attended a few years ago was about art in the middle school. Given that artistic work is my greatest challenge, I found the course just perfect. “Renewal Courses” is the perfect name for these seminars because they are definitely rejuvenating. The courses at Rudolf Steiner College can feel quite rigorous as the schedule is incredibly intense. Rare is the teacher who attends every class.
- This year I’ll be “attending” an online intensive put together by Eugene Schwartz. I am reluctant to weigh-in on the value of this training quite yet, but I’m definitely finding that the price is right and it sure is convenient. I look forward to finding out if it is all that it is billed to be.