Monthly Archives: July 2013

Orff-Schulwerk Workgroup on Linkedin

This is a link to the Orff-Schulwerk Workgroup on LinkedIn:

AOSA on LinkedIn:

If you are on LinkedIn, I encourage you to connect with them as well as our chapter:

Who Is A Teacher?

This was sent by Sandi Zielepuza one of our retired members who lives out-of-state. Thanks Sandi.

From A School Principal’s speech at a graduation..

He said “The Doctor wants his child to become a doctor………
the Engineer wants his child to become an engineer……
The Businessman wants his ward to become CEO…..
BUT a teacher also wants his child to become one of them, as well..!!!!

Nobody wants to become a teacher BY CHOICE” ….Very sad but that’s the truth…..!!! 

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, 
“What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

To stress his point he said to another guest; 
“You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?”

Teacher Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,
“You want to know what I make?
(She paused for a second, then began…)

“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can’t make them sit for 5 min. without an iPod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make? 
(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)

I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them how to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn’t everything.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math. They use their God-given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life

( Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn’t everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make?


What do you make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped; he went silent.

AOSA Professional Development Conference, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous

From now until October 15 early registration for the 2013 AOSA Professional Development Conference, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, in Denver, CO is open. We hope you have had a chance to review the Conference Program Guidebook and are eager to attend this year’s exciting conference. Make sure you have your selection of sessions handy and click below to register online.

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Also, don’t forget to renew your AOSA membership in order to take advantage of special member registration pricing. Click here to renew.


I heard this show a couple of weeks ago. It was fantastic.

This episode of JALC’s Peabody Award-winning radio series examines singer Bobby McFerrin’s composition, VOCAbuLarieS, with audio from a November 2010 performance at the Rose Theater in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Host Wendell Pierce provides background along with interviews with McFerrin and collaborator Roger Treece on the sprawling, imaginative, multi-lingual piece, which incorporates African, European, gospel, R&B and soul music, in addition to jazz, and is performed by a 44-voice choir, with some help from the Rose Theater audience.


I came across this and thought it might be beneficial for some of us.

Free Technology for Teachers

Monday, July 8, 2013

Easily Sign Documents In Your Browser or On Your Tablet

The other day I received an email from a reader who was looking for a way to digitally sign documents. My suggestion was to try Hello Sign. Hello Sign is a service that allows you to digitally sign documents. Hello Sign can be used in your web browser, on your iPhone, on your iPad, and on your Android tablet.

On your computer you can use Hello Sign to record your signature by using your mouse or by importing a picture of your signature. Then whenever you need to sign a document just upload it to Hello Sign and apply your stored signature. You can email your newly signed document directly from Hello Sign. Alternatively you can use the Hello Sign Chrome app or the Hello Sign Gmail plug-in.

On your iPhone, iPad, or Android device you can use Hello Sign by selecting a document or by taking a picture of a document. I tried it out on my iPad and was impressed by how easy it was to use. I just opened the app, logged into my Hello Sign account, and snapped a picture of a document. After the picture was captured I had the option to apply a stored signature or sign the document using my finger on my iPad’s screen.