Monday, February 8, 2016

TMEA 2016

Are you going?

I'm not....long, boring story, but I will be making an appearance of sorts! You've got to love technology! Wait, that sounds sarcastic and though I'm known for a bit of that here and there, I'm not kidding! Of course I really do love technology! Just read more about me if you're not familiar with me yet. :)

So I am looking forward to the conference this week all the same. I will be supporting my favorite PLN members as they present on Thursday. More details coming soon if you'd like to know where to catch some great sessions!

Friday, January 1, 2016


The trending # on Twitter with educators right now is #oneword, as in, what is your #oneword that will shape or encourage you this year?

I've seen a lot of great ones so far.....from dream to believe to courage. It's easy to imagine what those words may invoke for someone. While I would love to use one of those inspiring words, I am going to take it back to the basics and go with something simple.

My #oneword is live.

No, I'm not talking in a physical sense.....I'm not sick or dying! Nothing like that. It's been a rough year and I've been through quite a bit in the last 12+ months......I feel like I barely made it through. I've had a lot of challenges that I'm still not over and done with, and I want 2016 to be a year where I start living and not just surviving. (And admittedly, I've been listening to waaaaaaay too much Adele. What a powerful line......if you don't know what I'm talking about, listen to her entire album NOW.) 

So while I'd love to say create, inspire, dream, #oneword is just live. Live life and enjoy and appreciate the little things. Find myself and live a life of happiness rather than what ifs. Remember why I got into education and rediscover my purpose. We all have one and mine is here screaming to get out from behind the wall of a tough year. 

Happy 2016, everyone. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

In this music classroom....

I think we've all seen the popular printables about "In this classroom..." stating the expectations of the classroom or characteristics of the students. I changed it up a little bit, played around a bit in Photoshop and came up with this one:

I had it in one of my favorite color combinations (aqua, red and white) and it ended up looking I switched the colors around. Now it's a bit Dr. Seuss? I don't know. If you like it, feel free to download and use it! If you like it but want a copy in your school colors or classroom colors, contact me on Twitter @KellyParrish605 or leave me a comment.

If you think there is a very important adjective that describes the music-makers in your music class, let me know! There's always room for improvement.