O’Keeffe on happiness

“I think it's so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary--you're happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.” ― Georgia O'Keeffe

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Shift the onus to them

This is a great article on classroom management: Why shouldn’t students feel entitled? You’ve relieved them of responsibility. Think about it. You assess by legislative fiat, document attendance, lord over technology, interact with students 24-7 via email or text, keep students on track via Blackboard or Canvas, treat students as customers, are blamed for grade... Continue Reading →

Some people have bad hair days; I have bad technology days. This morning, the OneNote app on my phone stopped syncing with my work account (most likely due to the hyper-vigilant Internet security protocols at my workplace--a problem our IT department perennialy insists on deflecting to faculty). Otherwise, I'm still recuperating from TESOL proposals, which... Continue Reading →

Is anything more glorious than blossoming Jacaranda and roses bathed in the warm hues of magic hour?

Old guard music education

ClassicalGuitarMagazine.com posted Michael Chapdelaine's performance of Albéniz's "Mallorca," to comemorate the Spanish composer's birthday, and the performance is delightful. In the notes at YouTube, nonetheless, the artist links to a masterclass Segovia conducted at USC, in which Segovia berates Chapdelaine's performance of the same piece. https://youtu.be/wiAbqfaYGwk Segovia's manner with the student exemplifies everything that's wrong... Continue Reading →

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