Friday, March 20, 2015

I Can't Let It Go

This is a post for all you teachers.

We routinely have children that come and complain to us about things. Some things are understandable, and are dealt with accordingly. Some are ridiculous. ("She's looking at me weird!")

When those ridiculous complaints come to us, we might calmly mention that it's not a big deal and we'll keep our eye on it. If they don't stop, then we might have to resort to telling them "You can just let it go."

Or at least we used to be able to say that.

Thanks to that song from Frozen, a teacher's go-to phrase has now turned into an invitation for children to sing. As a music teacher I should be thrilled, but these random bursts of song usually come when other children are in a grumpy mood and just don't want to hear it.

Child can't get over a call made in four square.

Teacher: "Just let it go!"

Other children: "Let it gooooo, let it gooooo! Can't hold it back anymooooooore!"

Child gets in argument with another child and teacher takes care of it. Child still brings up the argument.

Teacher: "I took care of it - you can let it go!"

Other children: "Let it goooooo, let it goooooo! Turn away and slam the dooooooor!"

Children both claim an object and are playing tug-of-war.

Teacher: "One of you has to let it go!"

Other children: "Let it go! Let the storm rage oooooooooooooon! The cold never bothered me anyway."

Usually I try to adjust the wording a little bit so that they don't get inspired to break out their inner Elsa. But sometimes I'm not thinking and let the words tumble out of my mouth. I barely get time to realize my mistake when three or four kids break out into song.

If they do start and it's not during a class period, I usually let them sing the refrain and then tell them to stop. It's strange, though; many of them claim to dislike the movie, yet those are the ones that usually start singing the song!

I'm sure you have a similar story, whether you're a teacher, a parent, or know an adult who loves Disney movies and will pretty much sing anything when inspired. (Perhaps that's you yourself!) Just keep in mind to choose your words wisely, or face the threat of a snow song that will never let it go.

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Sigh...not again...

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