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Seek out Moments to Share

Teachers make a difference in the lives of the students they teach. Coincidentally, those students also make a difference in the lives of the teachers they love. The following story was submitted by a Maricopa teacher about a student connection and and how it changed the lives of those involved.

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Seek Out Moments to Share

I teach engineering at Madison Park Middle School. At one engineering station, students learn about digital music using an electronic piano. A girl named Andrea asked if I could teach her to play the sheet music for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It's not easy for me to sit still in a room of 32 middle schoolers, but I thought it might be worth it to her if I did. I used the lessons my mom taught me to place my fingers on the keys and wrote in the letters for the notes on the sheet music. She worked excitedly, over and over until she could play the whole song perfectly.

A few days later she told me she had visited her nana who was recovering from a stroke. There was a piano at the nursing home so she wandered over to play a little. She soon found herself picking out the notes she practiced in class. Before she knew it, she had played the whole song of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the people around her applauded with glee.

Her gratitude and pride at learning to play a simple song energized her learning and grew in her an unexpected relationship with music. Every time I hear her play, it reminds me to seek out those moments and offer little lessons that give me joy to share.

Jason Bruso

*This is part of our Teacher Connection Series that was inspired by Weave: The Social Fabric Initiative. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/weave-the-social-fabric-initiative/