Back to Teaching :)

June 30, 2009 at 2:49 am (Uncategorized)

For those of you that are reading this and are thinking, “I thought Nate worked for a church…”  You are correct!  I still do.  However, I’ve decided that I want to keep teaching fresh since it is something that I love and want to continue to do.  So to feed that desire, not only am I re-opening my private percussion studio (now accepting students…), but I decided to become a music-substitute teacher for the upcoming school year!  It’s glorious!  I can work on Fridays when I don’t have work at the church, AND, if there’s a Friday I don’t want to work…I just don’t schedule it.

Anyway, I was putting together my application materials the other night and came across some of my favorite student quotes from when I student taught and had to share some of them because they were some of the funniest moments I’ve had in the classroom.  Kids say the darnedest things…Enjoy!!!


Me: “When you’re singing, I need you to open your mouths nice and wide!  Wide enough that I can see your tonsils!”

(half the class looks puzzled and slowly raises their hands…)

Me: “…Or where they used to be.”

(Students smile and lower their hands)


Student: Can we sing the song “Oats and Beans” again Mr. Reed?!?! Please?!?!

(a dorky song i taught them one day with motions)

Me: man you guys really like to sing that song don’t you?

S: Are you kidding? My entire Hockey team was singing it at practice last night!


Student: Mr. Reed whats it like being a senior in college?

Me: well whats it like being a senior in high school.

S: well i can’t wait to get out of here and move on to whats next.

Me: any more questions?


Me: Hey, you need to make sure your sitting up in your seat while you sing!

Student (wearing a Harvard sweat shirt): Sorry, Mr. Reed.

Another Student (This student was wearing a Princeton sweatshirt…): Yeah, Harvard boy!

Ironic…if only they would act like they were ivy league students 🙂


Me: Another Ancient Culture that contributed to early music was the Babylonians.  Does anyone know where the Babylonians were from in terms of today’s Geography?

S: Oh Oh!! Latin!!!

Me: No Mitch, Latin is a language, not a country….They actually came from the country now known as Iraq.  Does anyone know what Ancient Cultures liked to use music for?


Me: oh dear….


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I know I’m right with this one!!

June 22, 2009 at 2:07 am (Uncategorized)

My friend Scott gets on me a lot because I like to be right about things.  I do admit that some of the time, I really don’t know what I’m talking about…but that’s only on a rare occasion.  Ok, maybe a little more often then that, but, there are a good handful of things things that I just have to stand firm on! Sometimes I refer to these things as my “second gospels” 🙂  Now, they are NO WHERE NEAR as important and incredible as THE first gospel (yes, that’s Jesus in case you’re confused), but they ARE worth pushing.  Many of you know some of them already.  For example, the east coast DOES NOT have mountains (although many east coasters seem to think so and some how try to defend them).  You have hills, and in many cases, those hills are ant hills.  This doesn’t mean they’re not pretty…they are just not mountains.  If you want to see mountains, come hike with me in my hometown out west.

Then there’s Pop…not soda, pop.  I know I’m in a minority out here in this matter, but you’re just going to have to trust me…it’s pop.  There are others, but I have a new one I want to touch on tonight that just needs to be spread, and it’s in regards to one-lane bridges!

Their not uncommon all over the states, but in Virginia, VDOT must have decided to save some money by making bridges on fairly high-occupancy roads merely one-car wide.  I have no problem with this.  I DO however have a problem with how people drive on them.  Now, I understand that growing up we were always taught that it’s polite and fair to take turns. Not true, in this situation…especially when these bridges have a tendency to get backed up fairly quickly.  The solution?  Cross in Pairs! not one-by-one, but two-by-two; Noah style! This actually cuts the wait time in half!  Not three-by-three either, because that’s too tough to coordinate.  It’s kind of like the zipper theory in merging lanes.  Don’t merge early, drive to the merge point.  Your early merge isn’t saving time down the road.  Instead, it’s creating a braking reaction through every car behind you which worsens the merge back-up by a lot!  Anyway, thats another story.  The point here is to just simply go in pairs and all your one-lane bridge woes will be no more!

So if you are one of those people who gets upset, gives me mean looks, and shows me you can count to one when I travel accross said bridges using this method, know that I’m not being impatient, rude, or purposefully going out of turn accross the bridge…I’m only trying to saving you time!  So please join me in spreading the word on proper one-lane-bridge crossing etiquette, and we can lessen some of our rush-hour traffic irritations!  I promise.

I’m Nate Reed, and I approve of this message.

*NOTE TO SCOTT* – I do appreciate you keeping me honest bro!  Thanks for making me swallow my tongue when necessary! 🙂

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I suck at it too!

June 17, 2009 at 3:40 am (Uncategorized)

This past year, one of the things I’ve been praying hard about is my self-centered-ness.  I really can’t stand it; yet I seem to be so good at it (that’s a bad thing by the way…).  Anyway, God has been teaching me some interesting and tough lessons this year which I didn’t really expect.  Though I guess I really should have since I was asking him for it.  He gave me another unexpected one tonight, which I thought I would share.

I was driving home late, around 10PM when I was called by a guy asking me to take a survey.  Why he waited until 10PM to call me, I don’t know, but he did.  He asked if I was available to answer some questions and I told him that it wasn’t a good time to.  He asked if he could call back, and I said sure and hung up.  I wasn’t a jerk, but at the same time I wasn’t very pleasant.  Did I lie to him, maybe a little, but to be honest, I just wasn’t really in the mood.  After I hung up, God decided to drop the teachable moment on my lap.  I started thinking, “You know, if that guy had a choice, he probably wouldn’t be making survey calls at 10PM on a Tuesday night.”  Maybe he did have a choice, maybe he didn’t, but what I do know, is that all he was trying to do was work his job and he was just following instructions from his company.

Now don’t get me wrong, I get bothered about telemarketers, just as much as the next guy does, but especially in the economic situation our country is still in, a lot of people are lucky to even have jobs right now.  So what business is it of mine to get upset when someone, who probably can’t find anything else to pay the bills at the moment, calls me to try to do just that.  For all I know, he or she could have been laid off of another job, with hungry kids at home and no spouse.  Or it could be some college kid who’s just trying to do whatever to pay for school.  Or it could be someone who was new to the country and couldn’t land a job anywhere else and needs to pay rent. Does it mean that I need to support, purchase, or agree with every telemarketer that calls me?  Not at all, but I do owe it to them to respectful, courteous, and encouraging.  Maybe even see how they are doing cause I’m sure almost every day includes a lot of rude and angry responses.  I’m sure that’s what Christ would do.  I know I would hate my job if I had to talk to hundreds of rude and angry people a day.  Shame on me if I ever act as if I’m any better then the people on the other side of the line.

Anyway, that’s the lesson I learned tonight.  Do with it what you will.

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Good Run Jay! Looking forward to more!

June 1, 2009 at 3:42 am (Uncategorized) ()

So tonight I did my usual catching up on Hulu after work and watched Jay Leno’s last night on the Tonight Show and I have to say i was very impressed! Not just with the content, but in how he seemed very real and humble for being a Hollywood star. Plus, he ended the show in a very unselfish and special way that was truly amazing. I recommend you watch it sometime, and it will be sure to give you some good laughs. Thanks Jay for your 17 years of comedy and best of luck to Conan when he starts up monday night. Can’t wait (to hulu it that is…)

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