Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Dream

When I was a little boy, I remember thinking, "I'm not sure exactly what I will be when I grow up, but I know that I will never be a teacher." Now that I have been a teacher for 14 years, I realize that it has always been the best occupation for me. Teaching allows me to do all of the things I enjoy on a regular basis. I work with kids every day. I can incorporate my artistic talents. Most of all, I love teaching because I know that I am making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Portrait Drawn by a 5th Grader
When I began to use my talents for writing music in the classroom, I just knew I was onto something. It was more fun for me to write songs about nouns and mythology than it was for me to write pop ballads and jingles. Furthermore, I thought that my music would be used by teachers all over the country to help their students learn. To make a long story short, in 2003, I produced an album that seemed like it would be my masterpiece. I was very proud of it (and I still am), but it never took off.

Then I learned about Teachers pay Teachers in 2007. I was certain again that my music would quickly infiltrate the educational world, and I would finally have the satisfaction of knowing that my talents were making a big impact. However, that did not happen. I uploaded a few MP3's and waited. Sure, I sold a song once in a while, and my free product, "The Low Down Noun Eater," was being downloaded often. But where were the comments? Where was the recognition from the community?

Recently, my sales have increased, and I'm learning a lot about the business of TpT, but my interest has veered more and more into this concept of community. I realize that this is actually what I want - to be a bigger part of the community. To have a bigger role to play in this great, big, fantastic experiment called Teachers pay Teachers. I believe that teachers are excellent human beings. This is my dream: to be more connected, more involved, and to make a bigger impact. I want to help these awesome people to continue to make a difference on an even greater scale. I want to make a podcast.