Saturday, May 17, 2014

On to Something Good (Right Now) - Motivational song for the classroom

Here's a song I wrote based on several thoughts I've posted elsewhere on the blog. It would be appropriate as a motivational song to start the day in an elementary classroom.

The main idea is that students can be learning for something big now, not just some date in the future.

John Dewey said it this way:
"Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living."

I put a few of my usual thoughts and sayings in there such as, "It's a great time to be alive." It brings to mind that we are connected and therefore on the edge of doing something meaningful. It has reference to passion, purpose and potential, the ingredients of a full life.

Also, the bridge of the song is based on my old "key to success":

Always do your best
at what's most important
whether you feel like it or not.

Crystal Owen performed the vocals. She is the music teacher I worked with on our Smart Jams math music video project. When we presented at the MACUL conference in March I asked her to sing this song with me.

The music for the recording was done mostly on my iPad using GarageBand. I recorded her vocal and my guitar part using Audacity.

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