How many of you dislike that uncomfortable feeling when you walk into a room at a conference, sit down, and you don’t know a soul. What do you do? You pull out your phone and start looking busy. (Or is this just the introvert in me again?)
Since this is the first week of school, and my students don’t know each other yet, I started thinking how walking into the room must feel for them. I have music playing, but I am outside my door greeting the students. This is when I had the idea to write a personal question on the whiteboard and students could answer the question while they were waiting. I know this isn’t a new idea, but it was new for me. There are thousands of ideas on Pinterest…who knew?
This is what I wrote:
Here’s is the best part…I was shocked by their answers. I told them I was working on creating a playlist during the summer on Amazon Prime that I could play each day before class. I spent a large amount of time searching for the “cool, popular” songs. Little did I know, I could have stuck with my favorite 80′s music and just called it good. What? My students want to listen to Journey and The Stray Cats? I did love that there are songs by Elvis Presley, Spongebob, and don’t forget The Star Wars Theme. I even had fun listening to the songs this afternoon while getting other work done.
This is a great way to let your students know you care about their interests. They might even surprise you.
5. Guilty pleasures: Music that some purists would consider over the top. Like, the Star Wars equivalent of Journey or of disco music. Bodhi spent a lot of time by himself in his ship flying here and there across the galaxy. Sometimes that sort of music is a great way to stay awake. Plus it’s fun. It’s fun, okay. Sometimes he sings along (he especially enjoys belting out ‘It’s Raining Men’). No, he doesn’t care that you are judging him, Kay. It’s fun.
15. What it takes to make them cry: Hardship doesn’t make Bodhi cry. He didn’t cry throughout any of Rogue One. It’s just not his natural response to pain. It’s not pain, or difficulty, or fear that make Bodhi cry - it’s the sudden lack thereof - it’s tenderness and care. He cries when Baze brushes his hair. He cries when Chirrut brings him sweets from the mess. He didn’t expect this, Force, he didn’t expect this. He spent so long feeling guilty and conflicted about his Jedhan identity - as though he betrayed his people by leaving, even though leaving was the only way he could help care for his mother. This care and understanding from Baze and Chirrut nearly undoes him (but of course Baze and Chirrut understand - they spent 20 years under occupation, of course they understand the sacrifices Bodhi made).