Tools for easily posting your TEKS and objectives! – FREE Download!

Tools for easily posting your TEKS and objectives! – FREE Download!

  I’m excited to say that this year I get to host a student teacher in my classroom and as I have prepared to work with her over the summer I have spent some time reflecting upon the things that I want to do better in my classroom. One of the many things that I would like to improve about my own practice of teaching is the habit of posting my objectives well…. I already have the habit of posting my activities and songs so that I can keep track of my lessons while I am setting up for the next class, but I can do better about being transparent and sharing my thinking about WHY I we are doing a particular song or activity. I also want to do a better job of helping my students ground their learning so that they improve in their recall of what they learned. There are LOTS of steps that help improve the outcome of those goals, but truly in many cases, the one way that I can ensure that I develop a good habit is by making it EASY!  The easier the better, even if that means that initially there is more work involved. With that in mind I have created “I can” statements using the updated music TEKS.  I tried to use a plain, clear font that would be easy to read.  I also wanted the cards to be a reasonable size, understanding that if I am going to get in the habit of using them, I have to make them a size that is small enough that I can post...
Keeping Track – One Day At a Time –  Lesson Tracker

Keeping Track – One Day At a Time – Lesson Tracker

As I have been reviewing my blog posts, I found this one about lesson tracking and I thought I would share it again as it’s time to think about school. When you teach music it is rare to see everyone everyday.  Most of us are on some sort of rotation that accommodates the size of the grade level we are teaching and the instructional minutes we are given.  I have found that one of the challenges I face each year is keeping track of the accomplishments of each day.  If I don’t keep track of what each class gets done each day then I have no hope of differentiating their lessons to meet where they actually are and I run the risk of missing important things.  For 10 years I taught in a 3 day rotation, then I moved to a 4 day rotation and now I’m teaching in a 6 day rotation.  Six days is a really long time to try and remember what you’ve taught.  I got this idea from my friend Dana who was the art teacher at my school.  She would post a chart similar to these on her wall by her desk and would jot down anything that she needed to keep her class on track.  Her practice is a great habit to emulate. Here is the chart that I plan on using this year! 3 DAY ROTATION (8.5 x 11) 4 DAY ROTATION (8.5 x 11) 5 DAY ROTATION (8.5×14) 6 DAY ROTATION (8.5 x 11)   Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to...
2015-2016 Music Classroom Bulletin Board – FREE Download!

2015-2016 Music Classroom Bulletin Board – FREE Download!

So each year our school has a theme.  This year the theme is “Create the Future”.     I thought it would be fun if I had a bulletin board that not only invited students into music but also reinforced the theme for the school.  If you decide that you like to download the bulletin board, make sure that you print the pieces on 17 x 11 paper.  It is also important to note that the words that are printed in yellow show up MUCH better in person than in the picture.  In the picture it’s hard to see the word connected the the E in CREATE.  The word above the E is “Collaborate”. Download the parts of the Bulletin Board HERE! CREATE Bulletin Board – Part 1  CREATE Bulletin Board – Part 2 melodysoup.com on facebook! melodysoup.com on facebook! Follow Me on Pinterest Visit Bonnie's profile on Pinterest. Networked Blog Followers Follow this blog Search for: Grab My MelodySoup.com Button! <div align="center"><a href="http://www.melodysoup.com" rel="nofollow" title="MelodySoup"><img src="http://melodysoup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/button-one.png" alt="MelodySoup" style="border:none;" /></a></div> Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 109 other subscribers Email Address bloglovin Adsense Popular Posts Archives Archives Select Month August 2017  (1) July 2017  (1) December 2016  (1) May 2016  (3) April 2016  (1) January 2016  (1) December 2015  (2) November 2015  (4) October 2015  (5) September 2015  (10) August 2015  (15) July 2015  (11) June 2015  (2) May 2015  (13) March 2015  (3) February 2015  (4) January 2015  (8) December 2014  (4) November 2014  (1) October 2014  (6) September 2014  (3)...
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...
Instrument Cabinet Organization – FREE Download!

Instrument Cabinet Organization – FREE Download!

To download instrument cards DOWNLOAD HERE!      There is nothing more potentially frustrating than managing instruments.  There are so many of them, and they are often odd shapes.  They need to be accessible and they need to have a place.  When possible it is also best if they are organized so that my students can put them away without a lot of fuss.  I am beginning my 3rd year at my current school and I’ll admit that I didn’t even know I had some of these instruments simply because I hadn’t had a chance to look at everything.  I inherited a very well organized collection.  Everything was neat and labeled which made it easy to find the essentials, but part of the fun of being in music class is using the odd and novel instruments.  To say that I have under-utilized this really cool collection of instruments was an understatement.  I want to do better!  In order to help myself remember the delights contained in my cabinet of musical wonders I needed to organize my instruments in a new way that will help me get to the instrument I’m wanting without a lot of time playing hide and seek.   I printed enough pictures so that I could tape one on the container, the lid and either the shelf or the door.  I have a cabinet where I keep most of my instruments and a shelf where I keep the ones that I constantly have out.  You’ll notice in the picture at the top of the page that the instrument pictures on my cabinet door are not completely taped down....
Teaching Music 101 – Instructional Road Mapping – Part 1

Teaching Music 101 – Instructional Road Mapping – Part 1

Congratulations! You’ve got your first job as a music teacher at an elementary school!  Now what? It’s July, so that means that in about two breathes you will be standing in front of your very first set of students.  Your first year of teaching will be a wild and exciting ride.  However, if you choose to take the time to road map, I can’t guarantee that you will end up exactly where you plan, but at least you will have a chosen destination. What is an instructional road map? A road map is a tool that lots of teachers use to keep the on track so that when they sit down to write lesson plans they don’t forget where they are in the curriculum. A road map is a document  you will look at periodically and adjust often.  Think of it as a sort of instructional grocery list of things that you want to remember to include in your time with students. A road map is not a lesson plan.    Besides the fact that road maps aren’t very detailed, many school district have an online lesson plan tool where teachers are expected to write and share their lesson plans. Lesson plans  and grade books are  legal documents that are kept by your district and can be audited for up to 5 years.   Road maps work as a sort of draft for your lesson plans. A road map is not set in concrete.  Instructional road maps, particularly in music are heavily influenced by existing calendars, performance schedules that you develop with your principal, and unforeseen changes like fire drills...
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