Grove City College: First Day Back At The Grove…

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College officially started today and I can say it went pretty well.  I don’t dread the start of school, I actually look forward to it.  The students are the lifeblood of any school and with out them, well…it’s pretty lifeless.  I think as teachers we should be excited about school starting, after-all isn’t that why we chose to be teachers?  All jobs/careers have their tensions, headaches, and unnecessary “hoops”… at least we get some time to “recoup”!

In classes today, we had the normal first day of class “rigaramol”: add/drops, early and lates, books, etc.  It’s an exciting time for the students, especially the freshmen.  It’s kind of fun to watch the freshmen try to figure out who is an upperclassmen or the “where” and “what” of their first few days.  Very quickly they assimilate into the “know”.

Wow, has class equipment changed since I was an undergrad.  Every student comes in to class with their computer notebooks, pdas, cell phones, and music devices… I often wonder how many of them have a pencil on the first day of class. The majority of them take notes on their computers now, at least at our college (every student is given a laptop their freshmen year).  However, I still oft-times take hand written notes in a real “note book” (yes, I realize I’m a technology guru!).  Interestingly enough, many people have juxtaposed the definition of notebook to be a “computer notebook” when the talk and think about it.  I’ve even heard of letters and books being called “treeware” now!

All-in-all it was a great first day and at the end of it, after numerous students had “pounded down” my door to tell me about their summers or say hello, it felt good to know that I am having a positive impact on my students and soon I’ll be able to call many of them my colleagues and friends. 

Do you have any good “first day stories”?  Let us know, please share them in the comment section below!

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.

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