UpClose: The Gift of Attention

Mike Lawson • ChoralOctober 2006 • October 21, 2006

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By Joseph Alsobrook

The following is an excerpt from the book. Pathways: A Guide for Energizing & Enriching Band, Orchestra, & Choral Programs by Joseph Alsobrook G-5641(Chicago: GIA Publications, 2002), 30-54. Used with permission. www.giamusic.com. (800) 442-1358.

All students long to be noticed. In fact, 100% of 22,000 teachers polled in a survey given by the Carnegie Foundation described their students as “emotionally needy and starved for attention and affection.”16 This speaks for itself and emphasizes the need to take (make!) the time to help each student feel valued and important in positive ways. In The Joy of Inspired Teaching, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser illuminates this point:

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