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...
Music Classroom Library meets Book Buddy Pro!

Music Classroom Library meets Book Buddy Pro!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my classroom library!  I use books all the time in my lessons and I’ve organized my library in a way that works for me and the unique way that I need to organize my library as a music teacher.  To find out more about how I organized my library, check out my blog post HERE!     As organized as my library is, the organization is only effective if I can actually remember how I sorted my books in the first place!  Nothing is more frustrating that looking for a book and not being able to find it quickly.  I’ve made spreadsheets in the past with titles and author lists, but it was a very tedious process and not entirely effective…. THEN I found Book Buddy Pro!    and my classroom library has been revolutionized! When you open the app, you get this screen.  Just click the + in the top left corner to add a book.  You can use your iPhone camera to grab the bar code either one at a time or you can scan multiple books at once. TIP –   If I could build my Book Buddy collection over again, I would have taken the time to choose “Professional” category.  I didn’t choose a category and I haven’t figured out how to change it.  Here is the other really cool thing!  IF when the bar code is scanned, any information is missing, (i.e. title or author…) Book Buddy highlights the required area and prompts you to add the information before allowing you to save.  The only fields that are required are the title...
Back To School – Music Room Tour – part 2 -2014

Back To School – Music Room Tour – part 2 -2014

One of the joys of not being new anymore is that I’ve had all year to inhabit my classroom and learn how the room flows with students in it.  As a result, my room set up is a little more refined and indicative of the way that students actually use the space. I finished my room last Friday and decided to hurry up and take pictures of everything before I messed it up again!    I’m very pleased with how things turned out…   my teaching nook My computer area…. My personal CD collection is not yet put away because it is in need of some TLC CD player and CD cabinet The red bucket is where I keep my “today” teaching things.  The notebook is where I will keep printed lesson plans.  Objectives and reminders will be written next to the grade levels. I have the electric keyboard in the front of class because although I’m not a great accompanist, I like to play for class.  I’m much more likely to be successful if I am seated rather than standing on tiptoe over an upright.  I almost never use the removable music stand and prefer to play with my music flat on the keyboard so that I can see my students better.   Our Orff instruments are always out.  We don’t want them to get dusty.  Bandanas from Hobby Lobby some in a ton of colors and patterns and work great.  2 cover a bass.   I left this bulletin board blank on purpose because it will hold anchor charts as we create them.  The genre posters I hope to...
Back to School – Music Room Tour – 2014

Back to School – Music Room Tour – 2014

  When you get to share a space with your favorite co-teacher, it’s important to create a space where both folks can work easily, because it’s a place you will spend a lot of time in throughout the year. Everything should have a place.    When you want to decorate and organize on the cheap there are a few tips that will help.   1.  Be neat!  – Being neat is FREE! Did you know that turning magazine holders so that the high side faces looks neater even if you are like me and not particularly organized?  Before we changed anything our office environment improved tremendously just because we turned the magazine holders around to cover the mess.  Then over the summer we had a chance to organize things a little and it’s improved! 2. If you are looking for cheap magazine holders, they aren’t ghosts, they exist!  I got some magazine holders from IKEA!  You can’t beat the price! 3.  Good wrapping paper!  I found some wrapping paper on sale at the container store. This paper is wonderful! Check it out HERE! 4.  Colorful and patterned Scotch Expressions (masking tape) .  Use this sparingly on surfaces that won’t be hurt by the sticky side…. Masking tape is really much better for this than duct tape because it is easy to remove and as long as you are in a climate controlled environment it won’t leave a residue.  The best selection is at Office Depot. Two rolls took care of ALL of the decorating that I did. Here is the product info for the masking tape I used Blue Quatrefoil 3437-P9 00-051141-97688-4 Here is a...
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