Just Me



IMG_2305I’m Jake Carr.  I have been a Cultural Anthropologist, and a linguist.  I have been a missionary.  I have taught English to Chechnyan refugees in Belgium, been a Language Arts teacher, a waldorf specialty music teacher, and am now a classroom teacher in a Waldorf-inspired Public Charter School in California. Funny how wherever I was at the time, and whatever my duty, music always permeated my teaching methods.  As an English Language teacher, I frequently would bring in my guitar, and trade songs from our various homelands, then we’d work together translating them into English. When I was a missionary in The Netherlands, I would sing on the street to attract attention.  When I was a student in college, I would frequently utilize rhythm’s amazing ability to facilitate memorizing information.  The list continues endlessly. When I lost my job teaching Math and Language Arts at a middle school, I stayed home with my newborn daughter.  We sang and danced our way through the day’s routine. Now, I teach in a magical place.  Blue Oak Charter School is a Waldorf-inspired Public Charter School.  If you’re unfamiliar with Waldorf methods, also known as Steiner Methodology, look it up, or just keep reading my blog.  It’s good stuff. I teach in a Waldorf Classroom.  One of the wonderfully difficult parts of being a Waldorf teacher is that we continuously create our own curriculum.  IMG_2908In the pages of my blog, you’ll find a managerié of which twists, and twirls Waldorf, Orff, Kodály, and things I come up with myself into a hurricane of Music, Language Arts, Math, Science, and just about every other subject we want our kids to understand. I truly consider myself a rogue-teacher.  I do what I know is right for kids, in a way that they’re going to love.  I hit educational standards (Common Core, Waldorf) without kids knowing what they’re learning. I hope you enjoy the stuff I put up, and let me know how it works for you.

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2 comments

  1. Jake, we go a long way back, all the way to The Netherlands, we became friends and will be forever and a day.
    You Sir, are an inspiration to many.
    You will plants seeds in your students and you will live on, long after you have left this earth in their hearts and their children hearts.
    Jake, my friend, I love you.
    -Job.

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