Al Fischer is originally from Michigan and achieved his B.M. in Vocal Music Education from Wayne State University.Then he spent 0% of his time teaching, devoting a couple of decades to musical theater work.Then he spent 50% of his time teaching in St. Louis Missouri, filling out the rest of his time playing piano in a synagogue, directing choir in churches, and serving as artistic director for the Gateway Men's Chorus, St. Louis' gay men's group.Now he spends 100% of his time teaching in the Yakima School District and is proud to be a brand new National Board Certified Teacher.
Did you have "one of those groups" this year? @WishFischer shares some reflections on a rough group. #WATeachLead
Is Music Education equally or more important than Math and ELA? You decide. @WishFischer #WATeachLead
At our school we encourage kids to have Fewer Than Five absences for the year. Attendance counts! This is how and why we do it. @WishFischer #WATeachLead
I started this school year with a master teacher whispering in my ear. We all have teachers we remember for their lasting impact on us. We find ourselves emulating their voice, channeling their spirit. I was recently inspired by a documentary about Fred Rogers which brought up all sorts of old associations for me. I am currently speaking with a softer voice, smiling more, and being very honest with my students.
It’s 1:00 and First Grade is in a line at the Music Room door.
One by one the students come up and we greet each other. Some want a high five, some jump and hit my hand with the top of their head, some grab a hug, some bump my elbow with theirs, and some just say hi
As a gay man in a new world of gender identity awareness, I think I have something of value to offer my students. I am committed to being an excellent role model for the kids… but there’s a wrinkle. In order for me to be a positive gay male example, the kids need to know I’m gay.
How do I know I have something worthwhile to say? Writing a blog can feel like declaring yourself the authority on something, having the audacity to believe yourself in possession of vital insights. How can I sit here and write for CORElaborate, thinking people need to hear what I have to say?