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My new blog :)

Hi Followers!

I will still be using newTeachrtips on occasion (in the Teaching tools or My First Year Teaching pages) but I will mainly be posting on my new site called Hannah’s Happenings – it is where I will talk about my life experiences with my cat, music, food, my teaching jobs, general reflections, and working out! Since it is a new blog and has one follower (who is myself!), I wanted to do a post to draw you all from this blog to PLEASE follow my new one 🙂 

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Music to mellow the manic soul #sol17

With everything that is going on in America right now, I have found myself getting respite from songs. I love listening to a wide variety of music, but some days, I need a certain vibe to help me pretend that all is ok with the world (or myself). 

All Songs Considered did a podcast in which they chose songs that were written for protest, the link is to my favorite – it is called “Work” by Charlotte Day Wilson. The lyric that empowers me the most is                                              

“it’s going to take a bit of work..now that you’re here..woah oh work

The video also only shows women and members of he LGBTQ community, according to the artist, which on its own shows gumption. 

I love being moved by music! 

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Playing Pandora (306 out of 365) #blogaday

I have always listened to Pandora, but mainly on my computer – I love that it involves artists like the main playlist you chose. I finally added it to my phone and am really enjoying it 🙂 It is the new thing that I will put on while doing housework and showering! Having it on my phone allows me to bring it around in a more portable way. Yay phone apps!

I posted TWO today because I forgot to do it last night before I went to bed 😮 pandora post

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A bunch of blogs! (157 out of 365) #blogaday

After about 6 months in the blogging world, I thought I would broaden my interests for blogs I follow. I used to stay tame with what my blog was about – following fellow teachers, children’s reading as well as writing, and education. From browsing the “recommended blogs,” I now follow blogs about DIY, music, book reviews, cute videos, food, culture (Nairobi women, African elephants), and homemade comics. It is really fun to look at other people’s blogs and interests because I am becoming more interested in their hobbies. I feel the connection of the blogging universe ha! I still can’t believe that I have over 200 followers 🙂 This #blogaday challenge has helped me stick with something and make it part of my routine every day. Creating a blog was a great somewhat spur of the moment idea.

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Soothing myself with songs (84 out of 365) #blogaday

​There is something about ballads or slow romantic songs that just calm my soul. I wasn’t overly stressed today, but I was leaning towards certain songs that I could sing along to like Coldplay or Kings of Leon. It is very interesting how much music affects people – you play a certain genre for going out, exercising, sleeping, etc. I am very inclined to listen to the calmer stations on Pandora because there are songs that I haven’t heard many of them in a long time, and I like to relax with them 🙂 In the Kindergarten class, music is a large part for transitions, attention,and practicing various skills. I have had some of the songs in my head that I have been learning and singing with the kids. Music really helps after a long day of some teaching and being in the classroom!

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Music manages my mood (10 out of 365) #blogaday

​Music is a primary mantra for keeping me sane while doing homework, or putting me in a positive mindset. I see the benefits of relaxing by listening to music and/or having a good sing-along 🙂 My favorite Pandora stations are Today’s Hits and Jack Johnson because the songs constantly perk me up. Many people can’t focus with songs they like on, but it helps me to start off an assignment by singing a good tune. If I have music on in the background, it is usually almost mute on volume (about 6 or 7), so I can hear it when my mind stops to think – but it isn’t the focus. Listening to songs is probably so influential for me because my dad has records or playlists on throughout the day and it subconsciously reminds me of good memories back home with family. Hearing a good beat and lyrics keeps my stress level down by filling my mind with the words and forcing me to hum it throughout my day. I hope music can help calm you down when you need it as well!

I want to be the kind of teacher who plays music in the background while students are writing or reading. It is a very calming experience and can help spark creativity. Since many schools do not have the funding to teach music, it is important for a regular elementary teacher to incorporate songs or instruments somewhere in their day.

I’m curious about what your favorite Pandora stations to listen to are! (Leave a comment below)