Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Slice of Life: I'll be your sub today.

Today our music teacher was out sick so my principal asked me to cover first grade music class. Me - a music? For first grade?

I reasoned that if I could teach middle school, I could figure this out. There were no sub plans, so I wasn't really sure what to do - my family and friends wouldn't exactly call me musically-inclined...

When the first group got there, I asked them what songs they wanted to sing. I had a few kids come up to the front and be the leaders, and they all sang. They just did what I asked - no complaints, no one was mad! (Very unlike middle a fab way!)

After a few songs, I thought I should check out You Tube - maybe some karaoke. Well, I found one of the songs the kids did for the winter concert and it was adorable:

The kids all sang in and did the clapping and had fun. Our music teacher is pretty amazing, so they knew all these little movements to the song, too.

There's one little girl who is the little sister to a boy I coached in middle school last year. She's totally going to be a cheerleader when she gets bigger! Anyways, she's boppin around and acting out all the songs. In between numbers, she ran up to me:

Devynn: Ms. Brezek - my mom called the *real* Santa.

Me: No way.
Her: No, she did, Ms. Brezek.
Me: I can't believe that.
Her: <really convincing, now> No, she did, I swear! <Changes subject.> Can we listen to Rockin' around the Christmas tree, next?
Me: Of course.

To be that young - to believe in the magic and spirit of awesome. I don't have kids yet, so I guess it's cool to be a primary teacher to see the wonder and excitement in their eyes during this unlike anything I've ever experienced in my 10 years of teaching.

Anyways, that's just a small glimpse into my life for Slice of Life. If you're a writer, please link up with Two Writing Teachers each Tuesday for the Slice of Life!

Hope you're cozy at home getting into the Christmas spirit - maybe trimming the tree or writing cards. I just got my first one from my Aunt Chris and Uncle Bob today - I love getting Christmas cards!

Until next time...
PS - Sidenote: I'm loving all the Elf on the Shelf shenanigans I've seen around school and in my facebook feed! My cousin posted this though, an alternative to that tradition and I LOVE it. Check out the "Kindness Elves," they're adorbs!


  1. The little ones are so much fun - especially at this time of year. Brave you, and bravo for making it through music. But, being a middle school teacher (which I am) prepares you for just about anything!

  2. I taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade for 12 yrs. Love their innocence! This is my first year teaching middle school, but I love them just as much, maybe b/c I've always been a 13yo girl at heart :-) Great story!

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