Bye September!

It’s the LAST weekend of september.. TIme flies!

It was a really intense week, we spent time in 3 different nucleos (elementary schools) observing the different styles of teaching and seeing the wonderful work being done there. I watched my first Boston Symphony Orchestra concert – Brahms double concerto (Alban Gerhardt! and violinist hahaha), NEC Philharmonia Concert (They played a really great piece by Tan Dun can’t remember what it’s called!), attended an entrepreneurship event at venture cafe, made pizza!, made new friends, went to a jazz festival called beantown jazz and then the soWa market today!

Going down to Chicago tomorrow for a coupla days! yay!ImageBoston SymphonyImageNEC phil at Jordan HallImagePizza party!ImageBeantown Jazz!ImageSunset by the CharlesImageSoWa marketImageImageImageCute pumpkins!

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highlights of my week (the lazy way)

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Visited my second nucleo

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Attended a class on teaching artists by Marco Grana dos at Longy School of Music! (A first for me: I spoke to him after an event, and mustered up the courage to ask him if I could sit in for his class! Yay!) 

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Had an amazing afternoon with Aubree, we talked A LOT and visited the gorgeous Mt Auburn Cemetery!

(followed by a delish ASIAN dinner with a bunch of Singaporeans who are studying the most interesting and cool things.. ever!)

 

Boston Ballet on Boston COmmons. AmazingImage

 

 

 

 

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Spent the entire sunday (930-6pm!) learning about the amazing organisation that is fifth house ensembleImage

Ended the week with a mindblowing jazz performance by this amazing violinist.

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Maxine Greene – Diversity and Inclusion: Toward a Curriculum for Human Beings

“Imagination, for me, cannot be counted on to summon up visions of the romantic, the celestial, the harmonious. It is because I believe that encounters with the arts can awaken us to alternative possibilities of existing, of being human, of relating to others, of being other, that I argue for their centrality in curriculum. I believe they can open new perspectives on what is assumed to be “reality”, that they can defamiliarise what has become so familiar it has stopped us from asking questions or protesting or taking action to repair.”

Aside

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

        –ee cummings

Day of firsts

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Today, I voluntarily gave a 5 minute presentation on multiple regression analysis (a model used by economists to evaluate data and to find out causes of things), visited my first nucleo, watched paper violins being made, was asked by a kid what chink chong meant in Chinese and received a HUGE hug from one of the kids at the nucleo, after dancing with her.

It was a good day. 🙂