Crowded Gyms

I think if I lived in New York or another busy city, I would be more cramped than usual. I don’t, however. I don’t have to deal with crowded places very often. And it’s unusual for a place to be crowded where I live. I figured that I’m definitely not a fan of cramped or crowded places. I like to be where there aren’t many people. And I need my space. Speaking of space, I’m a very private person too. I need my privacy in my house. I don’t like to leave my door open and the thought of other people entering my room without me there gives me anxiety. Therefore, I’m glad that I don’t live in a bustling city. The traffic here is mild and worse during rush hours. Where do you live and is your city crowded?

Real Adulting Rant

Real adulting doesn’t happen until you address your problems and work towards fixing them. I see so many people that never do anything with their lives and once they become old, they say that they have so a lot of regrets. You don’t go through life thinking that you’re the best. That’s just not the way to do it. No one is perfect and if you think you are, then you’re never going to grow.

I also see people making excuses for their bad behavior. I hear the “oh that’s just the way I am.” And those people are the ones that are unwilling to change. Just grow up! Geez. It doesn’t take much to evaluate your own behavior and to start making healthy changes towards being better. I am constantly surprised by people older than me. Their personalities need some work.

I think we all should take responsibility for our behavior. I’m tired of dealing with people that act like jerks and think they’re better than everyone else. It’s time to grow up. For some people, it’s too late. It’s not late for me however. I’m ready to make changes.

There are those that think they are better than everyone else. I don’t feel sorry for you and I’m not going to help those who are jerks. End of story! I’ll let karma do its work.

The blogging community is amazing

I love how we can share our thoughts freely. No one is critically judging us and the annoying narcissists are not here either. I’m constantly amazed by how we share our thoughts without constraint. We know that there are bad days and that there are good days. And we have no shame in talking about it.

Whenever I’m having a bad day, I come on here and write. This isn’t like Facebook or anything similar. My friends and family don’t constantly read my blogs. I’m able to talk about how I feel. And sometimes, I talk about topics that are extremely sensitive. I know I am going to be accepted. And I’m so glad I became a blogger. This community is saving me every day.

Mini Rant

I’ve been looking up new blogs and blog posts. I found some posts that look like they were posted from spam accounts. All I see are hashtags or the writer of the post didn’t write anything in it at all. This is incredibly distasteful. Creating a blog isn’t about creating spam. We already have enough spam on the internet. I want to see thoughtful posts. All of this nonsense makes me think that blogging is losing its appeal. I wish there was a way to delete these posts.

I don’t want to continue bashing these accounts. Do whatever you want, but know that no one is clicking on them. ✌️

Grateful rather than hateful

My mentality has been wavering in between two moods: grateful and hateful. I hate that I tend to think in the latter, but I think that’s normal. I try my best to stay positive for what it’s worth. And I will not let anyone change that.

I’ve learned that if you stop thinking about others as much, your mind remains more clear. I’m going to start practicing this more often. I have so much to do that I am surprised that I can still think about others that are not beneficial in my life. It’s okay. I’m heading towards the right direction and I’m happy overall!

My LinkedIn Group for All Teachers and Aspiring Teaching Professionals

I want to share with my blog an exciting opportunity to join my LinkedIn group for Pocketful of Learning. My focus is to help teachers become better at their job and to help them gain the fluency they need. When you’ve been teaching for awhile, there are skills and tasks that you can do faster than other beginning teachers.

I hope to help as many teachers as I can. The link is here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13774608

Thanks!

My Holiday Teaching Plans

This year, I’m going to do something a little different than I usually do. I promise I’m a good teacher. I always invent new games and activities for my students. And I hand out plenty of surprises. This year, however, I want to make it a little more special. I’m planning on celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I never celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving. I just don’t. And I want to change. I want to constantly strive to be a better teacher for my students. I’m planning some surprises for my students this year and I’m very excited.

For Halloween, I’ve already bought spooky candy that I’m going to hand out during lessons. And I want to have them do a “candy cane challenge” to see who can learn the most songs. I think I’ll have them compete against my other students. There should also be a bonus challenge on who practices the most or who improved the most by Christmas. I want to get them excited about learning. I used to have a star challenge where they earn stars for practicing and they can redeem the stars for a gift. This year, I’m still brainstorming, but I want to do something similar. I was also thinking of having students try the challenge to learn a set of songs I picked. And they have to play them perfectly to earn a Christmas gift. I have so many ideas, and I want to implement them all.

I’m still brainstorming on what to do for Thanksgiving. I’m thinking on giving a worksheet packet and using that as a token to get candy. It’s really easy to reward kids because they like candy or they like toys.

I’m also hoping that this will make me excited for the holidays. I love this time of year and I’ve always wanted to share it with my students. I’m thinking of getting them Christmas books as their Christmas presents because they keep asking for them. And I want to make them piano ornaments! There are so many ideas!

Let me know what you think and what you do for your students during this time of year! 🌲 ❄️