2016-2017 Music Planner  – seating charts and checklists

2016-2017 Music Planner – seating charts and checklists

Due to the fact that I am in grad school, I am not doing a full redesign of my planner.  However, I will provide what updates I can between now and this August.  With that in mind, I have created a new seating chart template.   2016-2017 – Seating Charts  Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
5 strategies for passing out “stuff” without losing your mind

5 strategies for passing out “stuff” without losing your mind

One challenge common among music teachers is the challenge of setting up classroom routines and procedures when you don’t see students very often.  Additionally, any given music class can have a variety of different teaching scenarios, like movement activities, instruments, games and even pencil and paper tasks that provide the need procedural reminders.  With that in mind, I’ve gotten in the habit of fitting my procedure of the moment to what my students present when I greet them at the door.     Here are some of the ways I get the things my students need for a given lesson into their hands as quickly as possible with minimal fuss.  “Singing Game” – Sometimes the long way is shortest.  Depending on the stability of the class and how they walk in the door, I’ve been known to pass out papers materials one at a time, calling each student up to the front to get their materials.  It may seem like that would take forever, but with little kids, it is often faster for me to do it, even one at a time than it would be to ask the students to help.  They like having my attention for a moment and I may even make a singing game out of it….. “Sarah, Sarah, come up and get your paper!” …. to some made up melody. “Assembly Line” – Every moment counts.  I don’t know about you, but I could sure use more time with my older students.  We have so much learning to do and so little time!  When I have papers (or materials) to pass out AND when I feel pressed for...
Orff-ganization – managing all those barred instruments

Orff-ganization – managing all those barred instruments

I am so very excited to say that our 3rd grade program is going to be a truly integrated partnership between music, art and PE.  We are going to present music and art work from around the world and students will all get to demonstrate their skills as singers, dancers, instrumentalists and artists.  It feels like a rather huge undertaking, but I am so very excited about the program, I think it’s going to be fantastic and hopefully it will become a model for programs in the future. One of the challenges that we have as we look toward this new type of “informance” is practical instrument management.  My students love to play instruments but this year because of our 3rd grade program we are working out better procedures and set-up, put away practices for our instruments. We are going to have an entire lesson dedicated to teaching 1st-5th grade how to set-up and put away the instruments.  To that end I’ve had to make some decisions about how and where I want my instruments to live when both when they are in use and when they are not.   Here are some pictures of how I have things set up.  If you like my instrument labels you are welcome to download them HERE    For each instrument that I labeled I posted a numbered picture on the wall.  I hope that by labeling and numbering the instruments I can enable my students to both learn the proper names of the instruments AND put them up well before they can properly read them. I plan on reinforcing the procedures...
2015-2016 planner update – the right hand of friendship

2015-2016 planner update – the right hand of friendship

On Friday before school started my co-teacher and I got our rosters we were busily putting our kiddos on the seating charts in our planners.  It was lots of fun to see who who was in which class and we were generally enjoying ourselves.  Then my dear co-teacher realized after as she reached over the spiral binding on her planner for the 10th time to write a name on the seating chart that I had given her a “left handed” seating chart. As a completely oblivious left handed gal, I had absolutely no idea! We laughed about it and continued to enjoy getting ready for the new  school year. I thought those of you who printed the planner “as is” might enjoy a right handed update…. So for all of those north paws out there….. HERE is the link for the right handed seating chart and class list. Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
Check Lists and Task Sheets and Organization! Oh MY!

Check Lists and Task Sheets and Organization! Oh MY!

I start teaching tomorrow and I’m THRILLED and then I start grad school next week!  Oh MY! In preparation for graduate school I have a very intense need to organize everything REALLY well now, knowing full well that once I am facing a full course load during concert season I won’t be able to breath.  With that in mind I am creating some tools for myself in hopes that I can stay one step ahead of everything by improving my efficiency and time on task while I am at work.  My goal this year is a new one.  I REALLY don’t want to take any work home with me because I’ll need every minute at home for my own personal study.   Since I was creating this tool for myself, it only took about two clicks to create a version that I can share with everyone.  Perhaps you will find this to be a useful tool… Perhaps you will include something similar to this in your own planner.  Maybe you have great feedback!  Whatever your thoughts, please feel free to leave me a comment.   Download checklists HERE!  Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
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