One June day several years ago two of my colleagues-Melanie Hazelrigg and Elizabeth Weinlein- and I took one of our first days of summer vacation to try to make some sense of our curriculum. They are both organizational geniuses. (unlike me). In this case, Melanie had come up with a template for a flow chart, which we all sat together and filled in. The result was the masterpiece from my last post, our Vocal Music Curriculum Flow Chart.
Mel says that her reason for creating the chart was that “I’m OCD like that.” Thank heavens she is! I responded that A LOT of people must be like her, because the response to the “curriculum flow chart” post has been overwhelming! The truth may be, though, that a lot of us really NEED her and people like her, and like Liz, whose attention to detail is so valuable. What an asset her organizational skills have been to me! One of my most valuable tools these last few years has been that flow chart. Many of you commented on how easy it is to use, and that’s the reason I return to it again and again. (Especially at times when I feel like I’ve just woken up and am saying “Where am I”). So, many of you who requested copies of the curriculum flow chart have benefitted from Melanie’s expertise. I ‘d love for her to know just how many of you requested her work, so if you received the chart and wouldn’t mind adding a “Thanks Mel!” to the comment box, that’d be great.
I can’t say how much these two have added to our department, to my professional development and to my life. Thank you, Melanie and Liz! I have LOVED working with you!