Surprise!

Kids do some surprising things sometimes!
Today my last class was a middle school beginning guitar class. The students were all packed up and ready to go, some were playing the piano, and everyone was ready to get home to begin their Thanksgiving break. Some students noted that the bell was a little late; it is supposed to ring at 4:15 but the time was 4:16. I thought “what the heck, it’s going to ring in 30 seconds” and I let them go a little early. One of the students who had just been on the piano said something cheerfully excited and then he gave me a big hug and picked me up, saying “You’re the best sub ever!” I was so flabbergasted I wasn’t sure what to do! I think I ended up saying something like “That’s enough now. Have a nice break.” (Something lame). What do you do in such a situation? I don’t think my thoughts were collected enough to have reacted quickly, and I wouldn’t know what to do if they were! Do I discipline this kid for his excitement and gratitude? I have no idea. Just something funny I thought I’d share. Kids are so surprising sometimes.

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About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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