Conducting by Beth Crumpler
Conducting by Beth Crumpler

It’s Five Minute Friday time!  Remember you too can join in this “writing flash mob” and/or do it with your students.  It’s a simple and quick free writing exercise.  Read my post introducing Five Minute Friday for details on how to participate.  Also, check out how to incorporate Five Minute Friday with creating interactive posters for the “Writing Process”.

Set aside five minutes of free writing time to join me on writing about “Rest”, today’s topic.  Remember I’m applying my Five Minute Friday posts toward education and work, but you can write about anything about “Home” that sparks your interest.


 Standing proud and tall, arms in air, and body as still as a statue, my smile softens the anxiety.  Our eyes meet in silent applause as I scan and make eye contact with each student!  The rush of adrenaline can be felt from head to toe making it feel as it 20 minutes have passed, instead of the mere seconds.  

With no spoken words, I ask my students to stand with only the slight movement of  my hands.  They follow my direction, all rising in accord with glaring smiles.  Their wide smiles can be felt echoing throughout room with pride and awe!       

My arms slowly retreat while a roar quickly explodes from behind.  Breath in, chin up, standing tall, and smiling with silence, I quickly gaze at my students with praise as I take a 180 degree turn to meet the rumbling sound.

Black space and bright piercing lights is all I see while the thunder continues to soar.  I take a step to the right and motion my left arm toward my students in cue.  One, two, three…in unison we bow towards the magnitude before us, we cannot see.  

After bowing, I turn towards my students who are still stand in amazement and disbelief.  Relief fills their faces, as they see me signal “two thumbs up” and whisper “Congratulations!”  We all take a deep breath in and breathe out slowly in this moment, a moment of celebratory rest for a concert well done!    


Note: During Five Minute Friday, you are not supposed to stop to make any edits.  Free writing without stopping is the purpose.  Notice there are errors in my Five Minute Friday writing above.  These errors will not be edited because editing them would defeat the purpose of Five Minute Friday.  Part of the reason I’m featuring Five Minute Friday on adaptivelearnin is to teach students how to write without anxiety.  I want them to see the errors to show them that errors are okay to make during free writing.  I want this to be an educational experience for them.  Feel free to use this as examples in lessons if you wish.  Happy Friday!

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Beth Crumpler is the founder of adaptivelearnin. Beth is an educator who is passionate about platforms for adaptive learning and curriculum design. She earned her B.A. in music education from Southeastern University, M.S. in TESOL from Shenandoah University, and 42 graduate-level credits from several universities in California. Beth is an experienced teacher, curriculum writer, blogger, and elearning course developer in the fields of ESL and music education. She has written learning content for several major educational companies/institutions. Her strongest asset is in using needs analysis and thinking creatively to develop adaptive educational materials both through kinesthetic hands-on and technological platforms to meet the diverse learning needs of students regardless of age, learning need and content area. Beth has taught students of many linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. She loves her work, loves to bring positive humor to it whenever possible, and is seriously dedicated to the profession. Beth's experiences teaching for numerous content areas, diverse populations, and a wide range of age groups is what propelled her with the vision to create adaptivelearnin. Her vision has been to support educators in finding resources which support learning through modified and targeted experiences so that all students receive individualized learning to facilitate their educational growth needs. Adaptivelearnin is a place where educators can find digital and hands-on adaptive learning resources for planning and instructional purposes. Beth does freelance curriculum writing, article writing/blogging, and online course development. For inquires about hiring Beth for work, please email her at Go to to check out published articles Beth has written. Opinions are her own and are not those of her employer, or previous employers.

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