Bon mot for the month -: a minim is a little fish!
All you musicians out there should appreciate that one ( except for trombone players. They have a very odd sense of humour1)
Another few weeks have sped past since my last epistle. Actually, I don’t think anyone out there reads these missives, but it gets a load off my mind just sending my thoughts out into the ether. I don’t suppose it is ether, being a phone line, and in case any clever clogs wishes to explain what actually happens on – line ———— I’m not interested, thanks.
We’re busy at home doing all kinds of DIY jobs connected with the installation of 2 1/2 new bathrooms last September. There may be really organised people who get their DIY jobs done in a short space of time, but we are not those kind of people. We like to take our time and do lots of other things in between whiles. It will be my husband’s 50th birthday at the end of March, and I am hoping for a big party which will also celebrate the fniish and grand unveiling of our bathrooms. We are actually having 2 birthdays for him, one here at home and one in Nottingham, where most of our friends live. 2 weekends running, so I don’t suppose our minds will entirely be on our jobs for that fortnight.
March promises to be a busy month as he has a musical weekend connected with one of his choirs the first weekend, and the next weekend is our daughter’s show. ‘Guys and dolls’ at Saffron Walden town hall from the 9th – 13th March. The next 2 weekends will be spent carousing, and then I go to France for Easter. Ain’t life fun?
As most of you will have gathered, I am a peripatetic class music teacher, and I have entered a choir from one of my schools into the local music festival in 3 weeks time. They sing like angels, and I am hopeful they will do well. I have a boy in this choir with a most unusual voice – a real natural tremolo – I have slotted him into one of the choirs run by our local music service, but I feel he needs to go on and develop his voice in other ways. He is in year 4 so is quite young. Does anyone have any good ideas?
Not too many moans about kids this time. I have one school I go into on a Monday afternoon which is the blight of my life, but then the week improves after that.
Must stop, need to write up this week’s lessons. There’s another rant in itself – why do teachers havve to spend so much time on plans? It doesn’t make them better teachers. I have been teaching 37 years now. and I think that the really talented teachers are being held back by the stupid national curriculum. Where has the idea of taking a particular topic the kids have shown an interest in, and covering that topic in as many subjects as possible? Take the nat. curr. in music. Some good ideas, but mainly aimed at white, middle class kids in the leafy suburbs. How do you teach all these hifalutin ideas to kids whose second language is English, or who come from a background which has no prior knowledge to draw on. These are the kind of kids I teach, and I just pay lip service to the ideas in the nat. curr. and tailor my lessons to suit the kids. I would be interested in hearing what other people do.
Have a good week!