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LeslieAnne Bird

alien cows

Lesson: Aliens and Cows and Questions – Oh My!

By LeslieAnne Bird / October 14, 2020
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LeslieAnne Bird shares ways to add silly fun to your music classroom while experimenting with vocal improvisation and musical questions and answers.

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Making It Work: Active Sitting

By LeslieAnne Bird / February 27, 2020
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The ButtOn chair promotes active sitting and is freely distributed as a digital file. Using some plywood, a tennis ball and bungee cord, a ButtOn chair can be made for about seven dollars!

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planning ahead

Making It Work: Planning Ahead for Peace

By LeslieAnne Bird / August 29, 2019
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Planning Ahead for Peace While you are fresh at the beginning of a new school year there are quite a few things that can help you prepare for a peaceful and productive year for you and your students. Please keep in mind that these ideas are what works for me and the students I am…

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summer reading

Making It Work: Summer Reading 2019

By LeslieAnne Bird / May 30, 2019
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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…

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Making It Work: Last Weeks of the Year

By LeslieAnne Bird / May 15, 2019
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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…

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Letting Go and Letting Them: Mentoring a Student Teacher

By LeslieAnne Bird / December 5, 2018
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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…

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new school year

Making It Work: Preparing Mind, Body, and Spirit

By LeslieAnne Bird / August 8, 2018
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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…

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summer reading

Making It Work: Summer Reading 2018

By LeslieAnne Bird / June 6, 2018
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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…

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Take It Outside

Take It Outside

By LeslieAnne Bird / May 9, 2018
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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…

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vocal health

Making It Work: Vocal Health

By LeslieAnne Bird / March 7, 2018
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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…

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