It’s been about a month since I started learning how to play my ukelele. Each Friday I bring it in and play a little bit more for my students. The lesson I learned last week: It’s really nice to have an encouraging and forgiving audience! While I am their encouraging and forgiving audience each time they read, they are my audience each time I play. While I listen to them work on fluency with words, they listen to me work on fluency with notes. While I know who’s practicing at home (and they know who they are!), they know if I’ve practiced, too. The encouragement I receive makes me want to do better–do more–practice more. I will always be cheering for my students, and I now know that they will always be cheering for me, too!