Let’s Face the Music and Dance

“There may be trouble ahead
But while there's moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let's face the music and dance

Before the fiddlers have fled
Before they ask us to pay the bill
And while we still
Have the chance
Let's face the music and dance…”

Full Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Woke up this morning (Sunday) at 5:30 am – way early. (something about being 40, my husband says!)

This old Fred Astaire movie was on and as I pondered the struggles and ups and downs of life. As I thought about school starting in three weeks, this song just truly resonated with me. Above is a youtube video with Nat King Cole singing.

We are where we are. All we can do is what we can do. Freak out. Stress out. It does no good.

Sometimes, you've just gotta face the music and dance.  Enjoy your summer, my friends in North America.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Marthamath July 19, 2010 - 1:08 am

My summer is a little longer than yours, but vanishing quickly. I have yet another new teaching assignment next year, so I am very busy preparing the class outline and getting things ready to teach science at the middle school level. I am expecting to have them toss in math before the summer is over! May you have a blessed three weeks and a wonderful beginning to the new school year!

Yohan06 July 19, 2010 - 6:32 am

cool video :)

Ric Murry July 19, 2010 - 1:32 pm

Hi Vicki. Always enjoy your outlier posts. Watched the video, and I love to dance (for real). I dance with my students. They hate to love it when I do. :)

But, I couldn’t resist – sorry – Couldn’t we better face the MUSIC and DANCE if these programs would not have been cut?

Just kidding with you. Hope you have a great three weeks of pre-pre-planning. Go get ’em this year!

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