Thursday, March 22, 2018

My second graders have been learning to read, write and perform simple rhythmic patterns.  Earlier this week they composed their own 8 beat rhythmic patterns in small groups.  Today I challenged them to create a routine using their rhythmic pattern and a large hand dru...

Friday, March 16, 2018

At the beginning of every year, I do my best to cultivate a safe, welcoming environment for all my students.  In the music room we create, play, sing, and perform often.  Failing and making mistakes is a real fear for many of my students. So, when the topic arises, I t...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In Monday's YouTube Live episode, John Spencer spoke about how teachers can find ways to offer student choice.  John said, "It's a mindset issue, not a policy issue."  His words  struck me.  I am starting to understand and witness first hand that it really is a mindset...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

A.J. Juliani & John Spencer ask us to consider what students are "DOING" while in our care at school.  It's important to reflect on our process.  Do our daily routines and activities lead us to our end goal?  Are kids graduating from school and prepared for their ever-...

Monday, February 5, 2018

Kindergarten students are honest.  They have a love of learning, and enthusiasm for life.  I have spent this school year observing them a little bit closer and shifting my instruction so I can offer more choice and voice in the music classroom.  I've learned that innov...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

I asked my students what was missing in room 253 and among many great ideas was the idea for a green screen.  In the past, I have used plastic table clothes on the wall for a green screen but they rip easily and I wanted something that I could reuse.  So, I started res...

Monday, November 13, 2017

This spring, I told my students that the music room was getting an upgrade over the summer.  I wondered what my students thought so I asked, "What would make the room feel more comfortable?  What additions does the music room need?"  As usual, my students did not disap...

Friday, November 3, 2017

I was afraid to join #IMMOOC.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  I didn't know anyone that was joining.  What if I failed?  There were so many unknowns that now seem a little silly to me but 6 weeks ago they were real.  

I am so glad I joined and p...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sharing matters.  I've learned so much from this amazing, massive network of innovative educators.  I've read many blog posts this season.  Everyone's journey is so unique and there's so much to learn from each other.  Below are three posts I'm still thinking about....

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Last week I read the book, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves to my fifth graders.  I tried something different.  I taught them music to accompany the book and then instead of leading them through a directed activity with the book, I challenged the...

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