Do you want the long story or the short story? You know, like, about me. What do you wanna know? I'll tell you this: I'm a music teacher...taking a year off from the classroom. Why take a year off? Well, that's a great story for a future podcast episode (if we could just get the island podcast center open already!) For 12 years I've been teaching public school K-5th grade general music, 3-5 choir, and even some 4-5th grade instrumental music.
I started out using bluerockisland.com as basically just a way to organize Youtube videos that I used in my elementary school music classes. I found out that by embedding the Youtube videos here I could eliminate distractions in the from of long-version ads that sometimes play at the start of videos, pesky autoplay after videos finish, and students clicking on videos I didn't want them watching on the main Youtube page. "Stay on the Island!" I would say during free time sessions or anytime I had a substitute and students were using the site.
We're transforming Blue Rock Island into an amazing resource for music educators. Links to great videos to use in your lessons, fun stuff for the classroom, strategies for classroom organization, discipline ideas, lesson plans, original songs, and more.
During this sharing process I'll also be learning from you my readers, fellow teachers, and tons of other musicians that will be stopping by the island as guest bloggers, podcast guests, and more. Together we'll share what makes our classrooms rock.
But enough about the island, I thought this was supposed to be about me!? Let's talk hobbies. You can tell a lot about a person if you know their hobbies. I've got a problem with that. I've got way too many. I like adventuring. I like photography. I like playing the piano and the turntables. I like helping out my community. But I love music. I love kids. I love teaching. I'm so pumped about this project. Welcome to the island!!!
~Paul a.k.a. Mr. Schernitzki a.k.a. Mr. S!
P.S. Stay tuned to the blog and @bluerockisland on the social medias for our upcoming schedule of events. We're starting out with Wednesday as blog post day on the island, more posts and scheduled days will follow!
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein