Doc (echsdoc) wrote,

A ha'penny will do...

I don't know what got into me, but I decided to teach my classes the old English round "Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat." It is always a struggle, but a happy struggle, to get the boys to sing vigorously. Anyway, in 4th period, the kids bought into the round, so I orchestrated a caroling expedition. I led them like a choir director, boys starting the carol, then girls joining at the round. I made them bunch up by sex, then sing three rounds. It was simply wonderful. The attendance ladies get special joy, then the sound brings out the other staff. We did it outside the principal's office, then upstairs by the president's office, bringing everyone out to hear. The smiles were amazing, and best of all, the kids (seniors!) were exhilarated, so happy and so proud. They wanted to go around and sing to various classrooms, which expansion of performance I nixed. But, really, I am so proud of them. They sang beautifully. And their ability to embrace the moment with such purity of spirit reminded me of why I have been a high school teacher for so many years. Moreover, we needed some joyous spirit in the air at the Salt Mine.
Tags: christmas, music, salt mine

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