Happy Friday! This week, I've clearly been focused on taking a break and enjoying the summer. As always, please be sure to click the Past Issues button above, to check out our previous issues. Enjoy!
1. Music I'm enjoying — I love music. I especially appreciate artists who successfully traverse the boundaries of genre - one of the reasons so many are fascinated by the music in the show, Westworld. This week, I discovered NHK Blends, a YouTube channel featuring contemporary pop and rock songs performed with traditional Japanese instruments. Before you scroll on, be sure to check out Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal including the jūshichi-gen or AC/DC's Back in Black featuring the shime-daiko.
2. A song I'm rediscovering — There are so many lessons we can absorb from the legend and lore of the Beatles. (Side note: If you want to learn how you can improve school culture through the filter of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, be sure to read my friend Sean Gaillard's new book, "The Pepper Effect." It's a true masterpiece.)
4. A video I'm watching — Calm is the mindfulness meditation app I've previously recommended. In this video, titled ‘How to Find the Calm Within the Chaos,’ Calm instructor, Tamara Levitt discusses three ways mindfulness can help us cope with the stress and turmoil of modern life. Great tips for those of us about to embark on the de-stressing exercise, called summer.
If you'd like to discuss any of the above "thoughts" or have some suggestions, please send a tweet to @techcoachz. Be sure to include the hashtag #FourThoughtFriday!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Larry Zuares | firstname.lastname@example.org | @techcoachz
Instructional Coach - Pemberton Township School District