Czarina K // Elementary Music Teacher // Year One // Los Angeles, CA

Common Core testing prepares our students for what they’ll face as adults: pointless stress and confusion.

Me: Bands just seem to be more relaxed than orchestras, I dunno.
Cellist: Yeah, it's because we're so high strung.

My father used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu (via ommelet)

(via afrivolousphrase)

Bake Sale

Today a smooth talkin’ 4th grader dropped a dollar worth of quarters into my hand and then whispered, “Miss Francisco, buy yourself something at our bake sale today…”

Tonight I am eating black sesame ice cream to make it all better.

Proud Teacher #1

My 3rd grade kiddos did a great job! They were pretty focused and they had a blast :) 

Such a great read! Learning how to apologize, especially to understand and mean what you say is a big challenge of growing up. Definitely going to implement this with my students. (I know a few adults who could use a refresher course too! Myself included.)


My boyfriend’s dad, who also teaches music and has become one of my mentors, is driving down form NorCal to watch my kids perform tomorrow. I’m pretty nervous. At least the students love their music and know their songs well. I just hope they remember to watch me. Oh boy oh boy.

The big mistake is to wait for inspiration, it won’t come looking for you.