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As per requests by many brides and grooms who are planning their own weddings. If you too plan to provide your own selection of songs and musical pieces at your wedding check the following Directory. The wedding music and songs lists here are attributed to different segments of your wedding.Music at your wedding.

This directory, represent a pretty comprehensive collection of the many wedding and anniversary song and music selections that are available.

The artists listed with the songs are either the original, or the most well known performers of the songs. Please note that many songs have several renditions by different artists each with their own style. Feel free to choose your favorites.

We did our best to categorize many selections by the specific event at the wedding or anniversary. We also placed many under the appropriate category:

Popular, Oldies, Country, TRADITIONAL, Hispanic, Hebrew etc… so you can find just what you are looking for quickly and easily.

So, whether you:

  • are getting married,
  • Celebrate a special anniversary
  • Renew your wedding vows OR
  • Celebrate a very special life cycle event, we hope you’ll benefit by using the songs and musical selection presented here.

These songs represent a pretty comprehensive collection of the many wedding and anniversary song and music selections that are available.

The artists listed with the songs are either the original, or the most well known performers of the songs. Please note that many songs have several renditions by different artists each with his or her own style. Feel free to choose your favorites.

We did our best to categorize many selections by the specific event at the wedding or anniversary. We also placed many under the appropriate category:

Popular, Oldies, Country, TRADITIONAL, Hispanic, Hebrew etc… so you can find just what you are looking for quickly and easily.

  • are getting married,
  • celebrate a special anniversary
  • renew your marriage vows
  • Celebrate a special life cycle even
  • Following are Songs and Music for the: CEREMONY RECESSIONAL
  • “Air On The G String” from Orchestral Suite No.3 – J S Bach – Classical
  • “Allegro Maestoso” from Water Music – G F Handel – Classical
  • All You Need is Love – Beatles – Oldies
  • At the Beginning – Anastasia Soundtrack
  • Beautiful Day – U2 – Popular
  • Book of Days – Enya – Popular
  • Brandenburg Concerto No.3 – Johann Sebastian Bach – Classical
  • Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks – Country
  • Crown Imperial March – Walton
  • “Entrance Of The Queen Of Sheba” from Solomon – George Frideric Handel – Classical
  • Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole – Popular
  • Forever Young – Bob Dylan – Oldies
  • “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah – George Frideric Handel – Classical
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song – Elvis Presley – Oldies
  • Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
  • Hornpipe – Water Music – George Frideric Handel – Classical
  • How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You – James Taylor
  • I’m Kissing You – Theme from Romeo & Juliet – Des’Ree
  • Got You, Babe – Sonny & Cher – Oldies
  • I’m a Believer – The Monkees – Oldies
  • I’m Kissing You – Theme from Romeo & Juliet – Des’Ree
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Ode To Joy)” from the 9th Symphony – Ludwig Von Beethoven – Classical
  • Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  • La Rejouissance – Royal Fireworks Music – George Frideric Handel – Classical
  • Magnificat in D, BWV 243 – Opening Chorus – Johann Sebastian Bach – Classical
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
  • Rondeau – Masterpiece Theater Theme – Mouret – Classical
  • Ray of Light – Madonna – Popular
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder – Oldies
  • Star Wars Main Title – John Williams
  • Strawberry Wine – Deanna Carter
  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole – Popular
  • Toccata from Organ Symphony # 5 – Widor – Classical
  • Trumpet Tune in D – Purcell – Classical
  • “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opus 61) – Mendelssohn – Classical
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong – Oldie
  • World On A String – Frank Sinatra – Oldies

Following are Songs and Music for the CEREMONY INTERLUDE

  • Wrapped Up In You – Garth Brooks – Country
  • All Star – (Smash Mouth)
  • Annie’s Song – John Denver – Country
  • Arioso – (Bach) – Classecal
  • At Last – Etta James
  • Ave Maria (Ellens Gesang 3 D 829 Opus 25 #6) – Franz Schubert – Classical
  • Baby I Would – (O-Town)
  • Beautiful As U – (All-4-One)
  • Can You Feel the Love – (Elton John)
  • Carillon de Westminster – Louis Vierne – Classical
  • Cavalleria Rusticana – Prelude – Pietro Mascagni – Classical/li>
  • Cross My Heart – George Strait
  • Clair de Lune – Suite Bergamasque 3rd Movement – Claude Debussy – Classical
  • Dodi Li Hebrew Love Song
  • “Duettino” from Lakme – (Delibes)
  • For You I Will – Monica
  • From This Moment – Shania Twain – Bryan White – Country
  • Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughn Williams – Classical
  • Grow Old With Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Gymnopedie #1 – Erik Satie – Classical
  • Here And Now – Luther Vandross – Oldies
  • “Hornpipe” from Water Music – Handel – Classical
  • Hymn – Finlandia – Grieg – Classical
  • I Believe In You and Me – Whitney Houston or Four Tops – Popular
  • I Do – Paul Brandt – Popular
  • I Do (Cherish You)- 98 Degrees & Rising – Popular
  • I Know How the River Feels – (Diamond Rio)
  • In My Life – The Beatles – Oldies
  • Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach – Classical
  • “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Ode To Joy)” from the 9th Symphony – Beethoven – Classical
  • London Trio #3 in G – Adante – Franz Joseph Haydn – Classical
  • Look What Love Has Done – (Jaci Velasquez)
  • Loving You – (Betsy Foster)
  • Made To Love You – (Gerald Levert)
  • May It Be – (Enya)
  • Movement I from Symphony No. 1 – Antonio Vivaldi – Classical
  • O God of Life – Panis Angelicus – Franck
  • O Mio Babbino Caro (Gianna Schicchi) – Giacomo Puccini – Classical
  • Only Time – Enya – Popular
  • Pavane Pur Une Infante Defunte – (Ravel) – Classical
  • perhaps love – (john denver)
  • Psalm XIX (Estro Poetico-Armonico) – Benedetto Marcello – Classical
  • “Quando M’en’ Vo’ Soletta (Musetta) – Giacomo Puccini – Classical
  • Ribbon In The Sky – Stevie Wonder – Oldies
  • Seek Ye First – (United Methodist Hymnal)
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – (Bach) – Classical
  • Siciliano – (Concerto for Oboe in D) – Johann Sebastian Bach – Classical
  • Something Like You – (NSync)
  • Still the one – Shania twain
  • Storybook Love – Willy DeVille – Popular
  • Straight to the Heart – (Michael W. Smith)
  • Symphonie #5 in F minor, Opus 42 – Charles Marie Widor – Classical
  • The Four Seasons – Spring – Vivaldi – Classical
  • The Joy of Life -Kenny G – Popular
  • The Lord’s Prayer – Malotte
  • The Rose – Bette Midler – Popular
  • Time in a Bottle – (Jim Croce)
  • Welcome, Welcome, Glorious Morn’ – Henry Purcell – Classical
  • When Love is Found – (Cotter & Haas)
  • When You Say Nothing at All – Alison Krauss and Union Station or Ronan Keating – Country
  • Your Song – Elton John

Following are Songs and Music for the: CEREMONY PROCESSIONAL

  • “Adagio” from Sonata in E-Flat – (Mozart) – Classical
  • After All – (Peter Cetera and Cher)
  • “Air” from Water Music – (Handel) – Classical
  • “Air On The G String” from Orchestral Suite No.3 – (Bach) Classical
  • A Day Without Rain (Enya)
  • “Allegro Maestoso” from Water Music – (Handel) – Classical
  • And Then I Kissed Him – (Gavin Greenaway – Pearl Harbor Soundtrack)
  • Aniron love theme – (Enya – Lord of the Rings Soundtrack)
  • Arioso – (Bach) – Classical
  • At Last – (Etta James)
  • Ave Maria – (Schubert) – Classical
  • Bridal Chorus – Classical Celtic
  • Blue Danube Waltz – (Strauss) – Classical
  • Canon in D – (Pachebel) – Classical
  • Can’t Live a Day (In a Different Light Album) – (Avalon)
  • Dodi Li- Hebrew Love SongEdge of Forever – (Richard Marx )
  • Elvira Madigan Theme – (Mozart) – Classical
  • Erev Ba – (Shoshana Damari) – Hebrew
  • Exile – (Enya)
  • Fields of Gold – (Sting) – Classical
  • Forrest Gump Suite – (Forrest Gump Soundtrack)
  • From This Moment – (Shania Twain & Bryan White)Give Me Forever, I Do – (John Tesh)
  • Heart of a King – (Nick Glennie-Smith – Man in the Iron Mask Soundtrack)
  • Here and Now – (Luther VAndross)
  • “Hornpipe” from Water Music – (Handel) – Classical
  • I knew I loved you – (Savage Garden)
  • I will love you – (Fisher)
  • I’m A Believer – (The Monkees)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – (Bach) – Classical
  • Joy – (George Winston)
  • Kissing You – (Des Ree)
  • La Serinissima – (Loreena McKennitt)
  • Landslide (Acoustic Only) – (Fleetwood Mac )
  • Love, Look What You’ve Done to Me – (Bozz Skaggs)
  • Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire (Instrumental) – Classical
  • Marble Halls – (Enya)
  • Minuet in G – (Bach (from Anna Magdelena Bach’s notebook)) updated
  • More – (Andy Williams) – Oldies
  • My Best Friend – (Tim McGraw)
  • Now and Forever – (Air Supply) Now and Forever – (Richard Marx )
  • Ode to Joy – (Beethoven) updated – Classical
  • Only Time – (Enya)
  • Pretty Donna (Instrumental) – (Collective Soul)
  • Processional to Te Deum – (Charpentier)
  • Processional Song – (Sound of Music)
  • Queen of my Heart – (Westlife)
  • Ready for Love – (India Arie)
  • Rebel Heart – (the Corrs)
  • Right Here Waiting – (Monica)
  • “Romance” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – (Mozart) – Classical
  • Rondeau – Masterpiece Theater Theme – (Mouret)
  • Somewhere in Time – (Somewhere in Time Soundtrack)
  • Spend My Life With You – (Eric Benet & Tamia)
  • Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary) – (Clark)
  • The Lady, Her Lover and Lord – (TD Jakes featuring Shirley Murdock)
  • The Wedding Song – (Kenny G)
  • Time to Say Goodbye – (Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli)
  • True Love – (Bing Crosby)
  • Trumpet Tune – (henry purcell) updated
  • We Must Be In Love – (Pure Soul)
  • Wedding March ( Here Comes the Bride) from Lohengrin – (Wagner)
  • Wedding March – (Sound of Music Soundtrack)

Following are Songs and Music for the: CEREMONY PRELUDE

  • Adagio” from Sonata in E-Flat – (Mozart) – Classical
  • “Air” from Water Music – (Handel) – Classical
  • “Air On The G String” from Orchestral Suite No.3 – (Bach) – Classical
  • Ave Maria – (Schubert) – Classical
  • Canon in D – (Pachebel) – Classical
  • Clair de Lune – (Debussy) – Classical
  • “Courante” – (from the Three Lute Dances)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – (Bach) – Classical
  • Only Time – (Enya)
  • I Will Be Here – (Steven Curtis Chapman)
  • Only Time – (Enya)
  • I Will Be Here – (Steven Curtis Chapman)
  • Trumpet Voluntary
  • For the Love of a Princess – (Braveheart Soundtrack)
  • Forever in Love – (Kenny G)
  • Greensleeves – Traditional
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee – (Organ)
  • Meant to Be – (Jim Brickman)
  • Moonlight Sonata – (Beethoven) – Classical
  • My Heart Will Go On – (Celine Dion – Titanic Soundtrack)
  • Nocturne In E-Flat, Op.9 No.2 – (Chopin) – Classical
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – (Bach) – Classical
  • Surely the Presence of the Lord – (Various)
  • The Four Seasons – (Vivaldi) – Classical
  • The Immigrant (Love Theme) – (Godfather Soundtrack)
  • Trumpet Tune – (Purcell) – Classical
  • “Waltz” from Sleeping Beauty, Act 1 – (Tchaikovsky) – Classical

Following are Songs and Music for the UNITY CANDLES CEREMONY

  • A Page is Turned – (Bebo Norman)
  • All I Ask Of You – (Sarah Brightman)
  • All my Life – (K-Ci and Jo-Jo)
  • Always – (Atlantic Starr)
  • Amazing Grace – (Lari White)
  • Ave Maria – (Schubert) – Classical
  • Because You Loved Me – (Celine Dion)
  • Canon in D – (Pachebel) – Classical
  • Circle of Life – (Elton John Theme – Lion King Soundtrack)
  • Colour of My Love – (Celine Dion)
  • Endless Love – (Mariah Carey)
  • Faithful Friend – (Marsha Stevens & Debbie Hardy)
  • Flesh of My Flesh – (Leon Patillo)
  • From This Moment – (Shania Twain & Bryan White)
  • Give Me Forever, I Do – (John Tesh)
  • Grow Old With Me – (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  • Here and Now – (Luther Vandross)
  • Household of Faith – (Steve & Anne Paynter)
  • I Believe In You and Me – (Whitney Houston)
  • I Cross my Heart – (George Strait)
  • I Do – (Paul Brandt)
  • If I Should Fall Behind – (Bruce Springsteen)
  • If You Could See What I See – (Geoff Moore)
  • I Hope You Dance – (Lee Ann Womack)
  • I’ll Always Be Right There – (Bryan Adams)
  • I’ll Stand By You – (The Pretenders)
  • It’s Your Love – (Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)
  • I Will Love You – (Fisher)
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Ode To Joy)” – (Beethoven) – Classical
  • Keeper of the Stars – (Tracy Byrd)
  • Longer – (Dan Fogelberg)
  • Love of my Life – (Sammy Kershaw)
  • Me and You – (Kenny Chesney)
  • My One and Only Love – (Sting)
  • Once in a Lifetime Love – (Alan Jackson)
  • One Hand, One Heart – (West Side Story)
  • One of Two – (Gary Chapman)
  • Perhaps Love – (John Denver and Placido Domingo)
  • The Rose – (Bette Milinder)
  • The Wedding Song – (Kenny G)
  • This I Promise You – (NSync)
  • This Love – (Jamie Slocum)
  • True Companion – (Marc Cohn)
  • Watermark – (Enya)
  • When I Said I Do – (Clint Black & Lisa Hartman-Black)
  • Wherever You Go – (David Haas)
  • When You Say Nothing At All – (Allison Kraus)
  • When You Say Nothing At All – (Ronan Keating)
  • You Light Up My Life – (Leann Rimes)
  • You Light Up My Life – (Debby Boone)

Following are Songs and Music for the RECEPTION INTRODUCTIONS

  • Across The Stars (Love Theme from Star Wars Episode II) – (John Williams)
  • Ain’t that a kick in the head – (Dean Martin)
  • Another One Bites the Dust – (Queen)
  • At Last – (Etta James)
  • Augie’s Great Municipal Band – (Star Wars – Phantom Menace Soundtrack)
  • Beautiful Day – (U2)
  • Canon in D – (Pachebel) – Classical
  • Celebration – (Kool N the Gang)
  • Charlie Brown Theme Song – (Amani Murray)
  • Ebony and Ivory – (Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson)
  • Escape – (Enrique Inglasis)
  • Eye of the Tiger – (Survivor – Rocky Soundtrack)
  • Get the Party Started – (Pink)
  • Going to the Chapel – (Yellowman)
  • Hallellujah – (Handel’s Messiah) – Classical
  • Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – (Tavares)
  • I Did It – (Dave Matthews Band)
  • I’ll Be There For You (Friend’s Themesong) – (The Rembrandts)
  • I’m a Believer – (Smash Mouth – Shrek Soundtrack)
  • Imperial March – (Empire Strikes Back )
  • Keep Hope Alive – (The Crystal Method)
  • Lets get ready to rumble – (Jock Jams)
  • Meet me at the altar – (jagged edge)
  • Pretty Woman – (Roy Orbinson)
  • So in love – (all-4-one )
  • So This Is Love – (Cinderella Theme)
  • Sunshine of Your Love – (Cream) Superman (Main Title) – (Superman Soundtrack)

Following are Songs and Music for the FIRST DANCE

  • Alwaynd Forevs aer – Heatwave
  • Always – Atlantic Star
  • Amazed – Lonestar
  • Angel Eyes – Jeff Healey
  • At Last – Etta James
  • Beautiful In My Eyes – Joshua Kadison
  • Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  • Breathe – Faith Hill
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  • Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
  • Dance of Love – Dan Hill
  • Crazy – Patsy Cline
  • Endless Love – Diana Ross / Lionel Ritchie
  • Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
  • Faithfully – Journey
  • Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
  • From Here To Eternity – Michael Peterson
  • From This Moment – Shania Twain – Bryan White
  • Give Me Forever I Do – James Ingram / John Tesh
  • Grow Old With Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  • Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
  • Here And Now – Luther Vandross
  • I Could Not Ask For More – Sara Evans
  • I Cross My Heart – George Strait
  • I Swear – John Michael Montgomery
  • I Finally Found Someone – Barbra Streisand / Bryan Adams
  • I Love The Way You Love Me – John Michael Montgomery
  • In This Life – Colin Raye
  • In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
  • It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw / Faith Hill
  • Just You And I – Eddie Rabbitt / Crystal Gayle
  • Keeper Of The Stars – Tracy Byrd
  • Me And You – Kenny Chesney
  • My Valentine – Martine McBride
  • Power Of Love – Celine Dion
  • Thank You – Led Zeppelin
  • To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
  • To Make You Feel My Love – Trisha Yearwood
  • Tonight I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson / Roberta Flack
  • True Companion – Marc Cohn
  • Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
  • We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters
  • When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
  • When I Said I Do – Clint Black
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • You’re Still The One – Shania Twain

Following are Songs and Music for the MOTHER SON DANCE

  • A Song For My Son – Vickie Mereck
  • A Song For Mama – Boys II Men
  • The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
  • Sunrise, Sunset – Topol
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • I’ll Be – Reba McIntyre
  • I Hope You Dance – Leann Womack

Following are Songs and Music for the MOTHER DAUGHTER DANCE

  • The Hopechest Song – Stephanie Bentley
  • Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  • Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • 26 cents – The Wilkinsons
  • I’ll Be – Reba McIntyre
  • I Hope You Dance – Leann Womack

Following are Songs and Music for the FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE

  • Thank Heaven For Little Girls – Maurice Chevalier
  • Daddy’s Little Girl – Mills Brothers
  • Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  • What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Kraus
  • Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  • Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
  • Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  • You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  • I’ll Be – Reba McIntyre
  • Lullabye – Billy Joel
  • I Hope You Dance – Leann Womac

Following are Songs and Music for the CUTTING THE WEDDING CAKE

  • Love & Marriage – Frank Sinatra
  • How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You – James Taylor
  • Sugar Sugar – The Archies
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  • Sugar Pie Honey Bunch (I Can’t Help Myself) – Four Tops

Following are Songs and Music for the BOUQUET TOSS

  • All I Wanna Do – Cheryl Crow
  • American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Bad Girls – Donna Summer
  • Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
  • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
  • Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crue
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – (Cyndi Lauper)
  • Going to the Chapel – Yellowman
  • He Loves Me, He Loves U Not – Dream
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  • Hot Girls In Love – Lover boy
  • I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do – ABBA
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Teaching Styles: Guide on the Side or Sage on the Stage?

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In the early 90’s California teachers were getting released in record numbers. There was a huge budget crisis, districts were raising class sizes and eliminating classrooms, which meant many of us had to go. I was a second year teacher, untenured. I received my goodbye notice in March then set out scrambling to find another position.

I found myself interviewing in the growing community of Moreno Valley. I felt I was ready for anything, but I’ll never forget the interviewer asking my about my style of teaching. He asked, “Would you consider yourself a Sage on the Stage or a Guide on the Side?”

What a great question. Simply asking the question implies so much. If I say that I am a Sage on the Stage, immediately I might be considered a micromanager. A power hungry control freak of a teacher who needs his/her students to act only on command. Or even worse, I might be seen as a showoff whose main goal in teaching is to hear ones’ own voice.

As I sat in the interview room, it seemed the more politically correct answer would be the Guide on the Side. “Guide” doesn’t seem like such a loaded word as “Sage”. A guide leads the way. A guide points out facts. Guides know what pitfalls to avoid.

I had to make a snap answer. It’s been almost two decades, and I still think about my response. I expected that in time, I would make revisions to my answer. Surprisingly, I feel still feel good about the response I gave.

Basically, I believe that there are times when a teacher needs to be the Sage on the Stage and times when the teacher needs to get out of the way and be a guide on the side. Additionally, I’ve seen very effective teachers who can work a class, create amazing discussions, and help students construct learning all from the front of the class. By contrast, I’ve seen other teachers who spend very little time in front of a class, choosing to do most of their teaching in groups. Therefore, the situation and the personality of the teacher play a great role in the debate: Sage on the Stage or Guide on the Side.

Reflecting on the question “Sage” or “Guide” is not a bad idea. My philosophy in teaching, as well as life, has always been balance and moderation. There have been times when I’ve been stuck in the Sage or Guide roll for longer than is necessary. Just asking yourself the question might lead to some meaningful soul searching and deeper understanding about yourself as a person and a teacher.

The Merits and Demerits of the Sage on the Stage

There are definite merits to the Sage on the Stage approach. The teacher on his/her stage, managing the flow of information is definitely faster than the Guide on the Side. I’ve tried to incorporate “guide on the side” strategies for my grammar lessons, but I’ve found that direct instruction works best when introducing initial concepts. I may use “guide” strategies to aid mastery of the information. However, there are dozens of grammar and punctuation skills the students are required to learn in ten months which does not lend itself to the Guide on the Side philosophy.

This benefit is also the biggest argument against the Sage approach. As more and more demands are heaped upon teachers, it is easier to get through the curriculum with this method. However, besides being exhausting for the teacher to be on the stage all day, students require time to digest and process information. Sage techniques such as lecture and group discussion tend to favor the quick thinkers. These students do most of the critical thinking for the class. Consequently, the majority of the class misses out on this important skill.

The Merits and Demerits of the Guide on the Side

I recently began a sixth grade unit on the Hebrew’s exodus from Egypt like this:

Imaging that you were a guest in someone’s house. After a few weeks, you realized that you were doing all the chores in the house, your mom was cooking all of the meals, and your dad began to pay all of the bills. You were once a guest in this house. Now, what have you become?

The students had to read the material from their social studies books and explain how the Hebrews were like your family in the story. The connections they found were excellent. The follow up discussion continued to bear fruit as one group after another pointed out new ways to look at the analogy. I was a guide on the side, interjecting hints along the way.

The follow up to this was that the students had to create the second part of my “guest” analogy. They read about Moses and the Exodus and had to create an analogy about how they were able to move out of the house where they had become slaves.

The lesson was time consuming, but very effective. As effective as it was, I noticed that there were still things that I needed to teach the students directly. Many students, having no background knowledge on the topic, needed me to put this time in history into context. Once again, I was back to being the Sage on the Stage.

Final Thoughts

The moral of this story is that the art of teaching is knowing when to be the “guide” and when to be the “sage”. Once again I return to my original point: Simply asking yourself the question “What Kind of Teacher Am I?” is enough to help make you a better teacher. Being ever mindful of the balance between the two provides the opportunity for the self-reflection we all need.

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Like many of the best teams in the world, its almost impossible to have just 1 team as a greatest XI. Barcelona arguably have had the biggest turnover of superstars to have played for the club. You have a who’s who of football to have turned out for the club. I could quite easily go for 3 teams for this great club, but I have settled for 2 teams.

Goal Keeper

Like most attacking sides, they have not had the very best goal keepers to have kept goal for them, so I have gone for Andoni Zubizaretta. He is Spain’s most capped player with 126 caps and was a very good goalkeeper.

Right full back

I have gone for Albert Ferrer, who was part of the first “dream team”. He was a very good defender as well as being excellent in going forward.

Left full back

I have gone for another member of the so called dream team, Sergi Barjuan. He was very identical in play to Ferrer as they were both quick, great on the ball and he could defend very competently.

Central defenders

I have gone for Miguel Nadal and Carlos Puyol. Both excellent players and whilst Nadal was known as “the beast”, he was very good on the ball. Puyol always gives his all in every game that I have seen him play.

Midfield

I have gone for a 4-man midfield comprising of 4 all-time greats of the game in Michael Laudrup, Johan Cruyff, Luiz Suarez and Laslo Kubala. Michael Laudrup was a wizard with the ball and perhaps did not get the world renown that his talents deserved, partly to do with the fact that he was Danish. Cruyff is a living legend and his reputation goes before him. Suarez is arguably the greatest ever talent to come out of Spain whilst Kubala was voted Barcelona’s greatest ever player.

Forwards

I have gone for Diego Maradona and Romario. I have read too many times that Maradona was not successful at Barcelona, but that’s comparing him to himself and not by any other player’s standards. I have seen matches that he was involved in at Barcelona and he was breathtaking at times. Romario was just a born goal scorer.

Team 2

Goal keeper

I have gone for Francisco Platko, the Hungarian, whom, I have to admit I have never seen play but he is reported to be very good and I did not that many options.

Defenders

This time I have gone for 3 defenders and they are Jose Ramon Alesanco who captained the club for a long period of time and was a very good defender and leader, Ronald Koeman, okay, he was not a very good defender in terms of actual defending and maybe he would just pip a tortoise in a 100 metre sprint, but he could pass the ball like no other and had a shot on him to die for. He also scored 1 of the most memorable goals in the club’s history, when he scored the winning goal at Wembley, against Sampdoria for Barcelona to win their first ever European Cup. The third defender is Migueli who played for Barcelona from 1973 to 1989.

Midfield

I have gone for a 5-man midfield comprising another array of wonderful footballers. The first is Luis Figo, whom I felt played his best football at Barcelona and he was absolutely terrific. Whilst teammate, Rivaldo, was getting all the plaudits, Figo. I felt was the best player. The second midfielder was a mainstay of Cruyff’s dream team and that was Pep Guardiola, who was one of the best playmakers, I have ever seen. Injuries blighted a bit what should have been a superlative career. Ronaldinho is my third midfielder as he is truly majestic and surely, even at this stage in his career, already an all-time great. The next is his Brazilian compatriot, Rivaldo who will always be remembered fondly at the Nou camp for scoring, perhaps, the greatest hat-trick ever, against Valencia, which enabled Barcelona to qualify for the champion’s league, on the last day of that particular season 2000/2001. Last but not least, I have chosen volatile but brilliant Bulgarian attacking midfielder/forward, Hristo Stoichkov. Stoichkov had a seemingly love-hate relationship with equally brilliant and equally volatile Romario. One minute they are hugging each other for setting up the other for another brilliant goal and the next minute they are sniping at each other because one of feels that the other did not pass the ball to him.

Strikers

I have gone for the absolutely brilliant Brazilian Ronaldo and Sandor Koscis.

I know I said I will only pick 2 teams but way too many players that I like have not been picked because just too many greats played for Barcelona, so I have managed to squeeze in a third team

Goalkeeper

For Goalkeeper, I have gone for Antoni Ramalletts who played for Barcelona in the 40s to 60s and won the best goalkeeper award for 5 consecutive seasons in the 50s

Defenders

I have gone for Abelardo Fernandez, a very capable defender who always gave his best, Juan Asensi who was also a very good defender for both Barcelona and Spain and Eric Gensana.

Midfield

I have gone for Bernd Schuster, the current manager, who was a brilliant midfielder and should have won far more caps for West Germany, if not for his bad relationship with the West German FA. Luis Enrique, one of my favourite players with his all-action style and loads of goals to boot. For a midfielder, he scored a fair amount of goals. Allan Simonsen, the brilliant Dane, who was European footballer of the year in 1977. Johan Neeskens, the current assistant manager, who was a wonderful midfield player.

Strikers

I have gone for a 3-prong attack and they are Paulino Alcantara who though I have never seen play scored 357 goals in 357 matches, now that is impressive. Josep Samiter who scored 326 goals for Barcelona and Hans Krankl just edging out Samuel Etoo and Patrick Kluivert.

Some of the players that I have not mentioned include the present crop of players like Rafa Marquez, Thuram, Xavi, Deco, Messi, Zambrotta and past greats and good like Hagi, Prosinescki, Laurent Blanc, Gica Popescu, Carles Rexach, Jari Littmanen, both De Boers, Cocu, Laarsson, Mark Hughes, Lineker, Beguiristain, Goikoietxea, Edgar Davids, Riqueleme and Sorin amongst others.

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This series of articles are focused on how to become known as an expert. Today we will focus on how to gain media attention.

Dale Carnegie said in his famous book – How To Win Friends and Influence People, “babies cry for and grown men die for”. We all want attention and recognition. We seek media attention to get our name splashed in newspapers, radio and TV. Not only is it something we personally want but it is also a great strategy to gain expert status and get clients.

I have been written up in print, interviewed on radio and TV. Did you know one appearance on TV can catapult you into fame and launch your career into the stratosphere? Fawn Germer, who I recently hear speak, was featured on Oprah. She has leveraged it to the hilt. We all know what can happen if you are seen on The Oprah Show. Businesses become hugely successful and a million books are sold! Dr. Phil and Dr. OZ started as guests on The Oprah Show. Now they have their own shows.

So how do you get attention of the media?

Here are 5 simple strategies:

  1. Find an angle that will appeal to the media: It is quite easy to look up what current stories are already being covered in the media. Just find an angle to latch on to the story. It is not enough to say that you are a chiropractor or a massage therapist. What is new, unique or newsworthy about your profession?
  2. Prepare you story: Once you know the angle, create a pitch that is easy for you to communicate. Human interest stories are featured all the time. Pick a struggle and how you or a client overcame that struggle.
  3. Get a list of reporters: Today it is easier to find reporters on the internet. Social media has made reporters and journalists much more accessible. Pick the target market you want to focus on and find the reporters who cover such stories.
  4. Call or email them: Depending on the information you have and how timely it is, you can just pick up the phone and call the reporter. Make sure you are aware of simple protocols. TV, radio and print media – all have different strategies in collecting and sharing information. Pay attention to when and how you should approach the media.
  5. Build a relationship: I consistently write comments to the reporters. You will be amazed how many of them will reply back. Make it a habit to communicate with them so you can be recognized. Today the media is required to build a following and be in touch with their audience.

These simple and effective strategies will help you start moving towards being a media star.

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