One line can turn a song into a lesson. In this case it's Maybe I'm in the gap between the two trapeze "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." (1:28) Since all of Coldplay's band members are given credit for writing credit MetaLyrics will someone please ask Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin, Peter Allen or Adrienne Anderson which one of them came up with the trapeze thing? It's so good! It's a feeling that will apply multiple times in a well-lived life. All those times when it's bye bye to the comfortable security of the present, but not yet hello to the mysterious opportunity of the future. We're not where we were, but we're not where we're going, either. I shared Every Tea
What Should We Talk About?
My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.
It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”
I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.