My playlist of the week – Week 1- March 25, 2012 (…plus informal review of Rancid show in SF)

I can get stuck, almost obsessed with, with about 5 to 10 songs at a time for a week or so. I am introduced to, or I re-connect with, music I absolutely love so on many levels, and post them everywhere so I can talk about them. I don’t know why I never thought of posting stuff like that here where I can talk about them all I want.

… Of course just posting music videos from YouTube only represents the music artists top singles instead of what I’m actually listening to. I don’t know what else to use. Any suggestions?

20 YEARS OF RANCID!!! 

Rancid – Time Bomb,     Rancid – Ruby Soho,    Rancid – If I Fall Back Down Again,   Rancid “Last One to Die”
I was definitely into Rancid this week! My husband, David, and I went to their 20th anniversary concert in San Francisco at The Warfield! This year is actually our 20th anniversary also and we have been fans from the beginning back when we lived in Berkeley….. but somehow they managed to make it to my, “How in the hell have I never seen them live?” list. No more! The night was nostalgic (David is dealing with vertigo so no moshing), fun (easter eggs for me), and incredible to watch.
Transplants (side project for Rancid singer, Tim Armstrong, long-time friend/crew Skinhead Rob, and Blink 182’s Travis Barker) are one of my favorite bands but since I’ve never seen them live, I was hoping for an appearance by Skinhead Rob tonight. 🙂 It was short (just his part in Red Hot Moon & no Transplants song) but he killed it, making it a highlight of the night for me. Really looking forward to the new album and HOPEFULLY a tour. Much more on Transplants (and Travis Barker’s music and album) later.
So, 20 years later and after that show, I’m still crushing on Tim Armstrong. …And with that shallow and not related to music statement, I’m sure I’ve just dropped my legitimacy down a peg or two, and blowing my position on why I can feel dismissed as a music fan being female. All in the very first post of my new topic too. Oh well.

It was also really cool seeing Branden Steineckert playing drums live again. He has been drumming with Rancid since 2006 but before that he was in another one of my all-time favorite bands, The Used before they… oddly… kicked him out. I have only seen him play live with The Used and that was a while ago.
Speaking of The Used, I listen to their first two albums A LOT regardless what week it is, The Used “Taste of Ink”, The Used “Bury Myself Alive” , The Used “I Caught Fire”. When we lived in Ukiah, California “The Taste of Ink” was my anthem! (Sorry AFI, but you had just left and we hated it there). In fact, I was pretty sure the song had to be written about living in  Ukiah too, hahaha, of course, you know, until I found out they were from Utah and not Ukiah (lol). Anyway, this favorite makes me happy because I relate to the lyrics and feel I escaped too.

Playlist of Rancid performing at my show on 3/24/2012

Until next week…

NEA – 5 Tips for Better Relationships With Your Students

I couldn’t agree with the advice this article offers more!

If these tips are followed, teachers will have very little classroom management issues to deal with. I teach remedial and intervention classes at the high school and middle school level. The majority of my students are unmotivated learners who struggle with academics. Many have poor work habits, failed classss before, and may act out when feeling bored or feeling unsuccessful with their task. I am often asked what do I do to have such a well behaved class and I tell them exactly what NEA has summarized.

NEA – 5 Tips for Better Relationships With Your Students.

One year the student who exhibited the most challenging behavior regularly due to being a huge class clown that always seem to compete for the attention of my class, said something that will stay with me forever. He was a known gang member prone to bullying and causing constant class disruptions but I got along with him. One day he announced that he liked coming to my class because it is such a “kick back” class.
This alarmed me greatly because that is not how I see my class or the reputation I want it to have.
I asked him, “When when does even five seconds go by in here that you are not required to be doing some kind of work?” He looked puzzled and replied with, “Oh yeah.”
At the end if class he told me that he thought about it and meant that this is the class that he is the most relaxed in. This is what I had hoped he meant. That is the environment I strive to provide by getting along with my students.

Many studies have shown that when students are free of stress more learning takes place. Getting along with my students and following what this article advises not only makes my time easier with my students, but also is related to why my students achieve so much in my classes.