“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” Those words of Helen Keller might be the best I know for how we deal with frustration as teachers. I so often stare at that “closed door” so long – wallowing in frustration – that I miss wonderful opportunities to find another way. How many “open doors” of teachable moments have I missed while fretting about a closed door I can’t do anything about? Hmmm…
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
About the Author
Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. Dr. Boonshaft is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands. He has also been named Director of Education for KHS America. He was honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education.”
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