Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Music for Educators (Vol. 1)

I grew up in the age of the mix-tape (and later, CD). According to Nick Hornby's character Rob in High Fidelity, there are all sorts of rules to creating the perfect playlist, but ultimately "making a tape is like writing a letter - there's a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again..." While I find great pleasure in listening to a perfect mix of hand-selected music, I often enjoy finding the songs and telling the story even more.

With that said, I am going to attempt several education-themed playlists over the next few months, and I present to you Volume 1 below. This first mix is focused around teachers' commitment to the profession and the blurred lines between professional and personal life. Teachers are teachers 24/7, and with that comes certain demands and emotions.

1. Survivor/I will Survive - Glee Cast

Because of that moment when we finally leave our student teaching assignments and get our first real classroom and realize This. Is. Hard.

2. Keep Your Heart Young - Brandi Carlile

Because we work with kids...

 3. All of My Days and All of My Days Off - AC Newman

Because we rarely get a day off.

4. As - Stevie Wonder

Because "until the day that 8x8x8 is 4" we'll love our profession...

5. Just a Cloud Away - Pharrell Willams

...but we all have those days.

6. You Belong Here - Leagues

You're doing what you are meant to do. You are wanted by your students. You belong here.

I hope you've enjoyed Volume 1. Feel free to leave your suggestions for future playlist themes or song suggestions in the comments.

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