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Comatose Pilate wrote:Awesome story!!!!! I worked in the same type of classroom for the last 7 years. Days like that certainly make the job easier. Through out the years my constant PJ rants turned several kids who had never even heard of Pearl Jam ( but loved good music) into not only fans but a few of them into ten club members. About a two weeks ago I saw one of those students who I hadn't seen in 4 years and the first thing he asked me was when the new album was coming out. I of course said not soon enough and we both chuckled for a bit. Then he actually thanked me for introducing PJ into his life and said it literally changed his life, we talked a bit more and just before we went our seperate ways he gave me a fist bump and told me to keep on rocking in the free world, those being the same words I told him almost every day four years before. As I got in my car and drove off I began to get chocked up, it was such a rewarding feeling I shall never forget.
lcusick wrote:I teach at an alternative school for children with serious behavior problems and emotional disturbances. Today a new student started in my classroom because he was expelled from his school. The students are wanded and searched and we take their cell phones and iPods and put them a box. I give them their iPods in class, if they are behaving to use during independent work time. So while this young man was typing his writing journal I hear him singing do do do do do do do do to the melody of Black. I tap him on his shoulder and he takes his headphones off and I say-Black. He goes yay. I am like do you like Pearl Jam? He says they are awesome. I say, they Are one of my favorite bands. Then forget the writing journal we obsessively talked about PJ for 15 minutes. He is 16 and has seen them in concert once. What a great way to get to know a new student! I love it when I am with young people and they like good music.
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