Friday, February 20, 2009


During music class on Wednesday the assignment was to break into groups of 4 or 5, choose an instrument for each person (triangle, bells, wood blocks, hand drum, sticks, etc.)and as a group write a composition with notation of short and long sounds. They have been doing this for a few class periods.

As I watched, a small 3rd grade boy left his group and went into an empty corner of the room. He sat "criss-cross applesauce" and then pulled his feet up onto his lap. He closed his eyes and stretched his arms out with his thumbs and forefingers touching. He took deep breaths. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

"What are you doing?" I asked him. "Tai chi", he said. "Why?" I asked. He said,
"My group is in crisis"

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