2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – Chapter 5

2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – Chapter 5

This chapter is the final chapter of the planner.  You will find a variety of note taking templates for all of the wonderful meetings we get to attend.  For myself, I find it useful to keep my professional development notes separate from my every day meetings.  I also found that this last year, my notes section wasn’t quite big enough, so I decided to actually remove my weekly calendar to buy some additional note taking real estate. You will also find budget and financial planning templates in this chapter. Being good stewards of the resources we are entrusted with is extremely important.  To do less than our best in this area can only cause problems.  Furthermore, when you are trying to build or maintain a solid program, investments in music and equipment are necessary.  In these days when budgets are always decreasing while the needs stay constant, it’s a great idea to get creative about how we find resources.  Multiple funding opportunities means a need for very purposeful planning and record keeping so that you can make every work for your program. DOWNLOAD CHAPTER 5 HERE If you would like to download chapter 1 click   HERE!  If you would like to download chapter 2 click HERE! If you would like to download chapter 3 click HERE! If you would like to download chapter 4 click HERE!  Advise about printing: The PDF files that are linked here include pages as I have them set up for my own planner.  Your needs may be different than mine so feel free to print more or less of any given page. You will notice that each...
2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – chapter 4

2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – chapter 4

  I’ve learned quite a bit using this planner and you are going to benefit as I’ve made some changes particularly to chapter 4. The biggest change from the original planner is that I’ve  moved the volunteer information and tracking charts to the Performances and Field Trips sections because in real life, that is when I need them most.   My hope is that when I am talking with parents on the phone or sitting with them in a planning meeting, I’ll be able to quickly jot down who is doing what and not have to spend any time flipping through the right page. I’ve also adjusted the riser seating charts a little as I’ve used them more.  My school fluctuates in size rather dramatically from year to year.  Last year we had 12 classes in each grade level while this year we had 8.  The number of risers I have never changes, so I need options for riser assignments to keep me sane. It’s important to remember that not all pages are pictured below.  In order to see the full range of options, please download. In my planner I include the following 2 page layout for each performance on the calendar.  For me that includes, Kinder, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 2 Choir performances.  an ideas page  a volunteer / to do list  enough riser charts to fit both mine and my co-teachers classes (2-3 pages) depending on the  size of the grade level a small performances page – 5th grade “graduation”, Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, and whatever comes up throughout the year when some sort of musical performances...
2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – chapter 3

2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – chapter 3

I use this section of my planner to plan my year. Without this section of the planner I would be          L O S T .  My favorite part is the “roadmapping pages”.  I find that I refer to them throughout the year as I write lesson plans and make adjustments as needed.  In order to make the file a manageable size I only included “master” roadmapping pages and “master” lesson plans pages.  You will want to consult a calendar and figure out how many you need.  When I printed my personal planner I included two more than the calendar led me to believe I would need. DOWNLOAD CHAPTER 3 HERE Use this template to decide when each standard will fit best within your grading timeframe Use this template to build a “roadmap” for each grade level.  As each lesson is taught, check it off so that you can keep track of what specific groups are missing Use this lesson plan template to add details to your lessons – Since my district uses an online system, I don’t include this template in my personal planner anymore. Use this calendar to track when lessons are taught. If you would like a blank calendar to use year after year, or a weekly calendar you can click HERE!  Advise about printing: The PDF files that are linked here include pages as I have them set up for my own planner.  Your needs may be different than mine so feel free to print more or less of any given page. You will notice that each page is either left or...
2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – chapter 2

2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – chapter 2

When I printed chapter 2 for myself, I included rubrics created by my district that I want to keep close at hand.  I also print enough seating charts so that each class has a page.  In the first edition of the planner that I used this year I had included a lesson tracker and checklists in this chapter, based on the way I used the planner I made some adjustments.    If you like the other version better, you can find it HERE ! After a year of happy use, I found that I needed my calender and lesson plans handy for lesson tracking, so I’m moved a version of the lesson tracker to a later chapter.  Meanwhile, I found that my seating chart page is the part of the planner that I use constantly.  I need a checklist right there without having to turn pages AND I need some space to write.  I also took the time to have this printed in color this year so that I wouldn’t have to go back with markers and trace the sections before adding students. CHAPTER 2 – Seating Charts, Checklists, Rubrics  If you would like to see the post about Chapter 1, Contacts and Communication, Click HERE Advise about printing: The PDF files that are linked here include pages as I have them set up for my own planner.  Your needs may be different than mine so feel free to print more or less of any given page. You will notice that each page is either left or right of center.  This is to allow for binding or hole punching. For...
2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – chapter 1

2015-2016 Music Teacher Planner – chapter 1

So after a year of using my planner I love it more than ever, but  now after almost a year of use I have a MUCH better idea of how I would like my planer to actually function.  With that in mind, I have decided to create a revised version for this next year.  I’ve cleaned up some errors, moved some things around,  added some things and taken out others. I am sharing my edits with you! If you like the old version fine and would like to continue to use it, please feel free to do so.  You can find the first chapter for download here. CHAPTER 1 – CONTACTS AND COMMUNICATION LOG   Advise about printing: The PDF files that are linked here include pages as I have them set up for my own planner.  Your needs may be different than mine so feel free to print more or less of any given page. You will notice that each page is either left or right of center.  This is to allow for binding or hole punching. For best results try to arrange your planner so that when your book is open an even numbered page is on the left and an odd numbered page is on the right.   Please remember that all parts of this planner are intended as a gift to busy music teachers who spend hours of their own time and regularly contribute their own money to the cause of making their music classrooms a haven of learning through music.  If you choose to use any part of this planner please do not sell...
On the Road Again with Roadmapping.

On the Road Again with Roadmapping.

Today my wonderful co-teacher and I got a chance to sit down together and map out the first few weeks of school.  Since this year we aren’t both new to the school, we were able to get done in about an hour what took us at least 3 hours last year.  We didn’t dig in too deep because we know we will have some more time next week, but we got the first 5 lessons of the year roughly mapped out.  This is heavy on the ROUGH because we were talking and I was trying to write really fast so that I wouldn’t loose the thoughts.  It was truly enjoyable to plan because we now have first hand knowledge about lessons we taught at this time last year.  We had the chance to reflect and I’m certain that although the skeleton of our instruction is the same, the delivery will be much better because of the refining we did today.  We both endured I mean enjoyed 30 hours of GT training last week and I’m pleased to say that our time and efforts paid off because several of the strategies and methods that we learned about have actually made their way into our lessons. This is the first time that I’ve been able to use the chart that I created for long range planning. To download this chart click here.   In our district we formally submit our lesson plans digitally which isn’t a problem, except that I find it difficult to transition from a great time of planning and thinking with my partner into actually sitting down at my computer and writing the plans.  I’ll be honest...
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