Posts By: LeslieAnne Bird

Making It Work: Summer Reading 2019

Summer Reading List: Professional Development, Fourth Edition The end is near and it is time to begin thinking about my summer professional reading list! As I have stated in previous years, I set aside time to read three teaching-related books each summer too get the wheels turning and learn something new. Here is my list… Read more »

Making It Work: Last Weeks of the Year

Keeping You & Your Students Happy & Learning During the Last Weeks of the School Year Many of us have reached the time of year where state testing is finished, the weather is improving, spring fever and end of the school year activities abound. These circumstances can lead to frustration and classroom management issues that… Read more »

Letting Go and Letting Them: Mentoring a Student Teacher

Letting Go and Letting Them: Mentoring a Student Teacher  Mentoring a student teacher can be a positive and rewarding experience for your student teacher, you, and your students. It will make you a better teacher by forcing you to analyze your own teaching and consider why you make the educational choices you make.   Before you decide to take a student… Read more »

Making It Work: Preparing Mind, Body, and Spirit

Making It Work: Preparing Mind, Body and Spirit for a New School Year It is that time of the summer for most of us to begin thinking about the new school year. With some planning and preparation, I am working to avoid the beginning of the year physical and mental exhaustion that sets in during the first few weeks of returning to work. Here are… Read more »

Making It Work: Summer Reading 2018

Summer Reading List: Professional Development, Third Edition Summer is finally here! After I take a little time to relax and recharge, the planning and organizing for next year will begin. As usual, I have chosen three professional books to read over the summer to enrich, inspire and improve my teaching for next year. Here is… Read more »

Take It Outside

Take it Outside!  As the weather gets warmer, and classrooms get much warmer (especially for those of us without air conditioning) taking the kids outside can be a nice change for music learning! I’ve compiled a selection of lesson ideas for meaningful and engaging music lessons in the out-of-doors.  Games:  Any of the singing games you… Read more »

Making It Work: Vocal Health

Making It Work: Vocal Health  Taking care of your voice is an important component of self-care for music educators.  We are talking, singing and laughing with our students all day and then using our voices when we are off duty with friends and family.  If we don’t tend to our vocal health we can have big problems in… Read more »

Making It Work: Classroom Management Toolkit

Classroom Management Toolkit Around this time of year, classroom management problems can seem to pop up.  The excitement and busyness of the holiday season is over, the weather can be problematic, and indoor recess – ugh!  This week we are sending out a collection of tools for your toolbox; a look back at some of our popular classroom management… Read more »

Making It Work: Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading List: Professional Development, Second Edition Summer is finally here! After I take a little time to relax and recharge, the planning and organizing for next year will begin. As usual, I have chosen three professional books to read over the summer to enrich, inspire and improve my teaching for next year. Here is… Read more »

Making It Work: Quiet Music Lessons During Testing

Making It Work: Ideas for Quiet Music Lessons During Testing Season In most public schools around the nation testing season is upon us.  In my district we begin this week. For many music educators that means quiet music lessons. Finding ideas that are quiet, engaging and meaningful as well as meets the needs of students… Read more »