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Making It Work: Summer Reading 2021

By LeslieAnne Bird / June 10, 2021
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LeslieAnne Bird sets aside time to read three teaching-related books each summer to learn something new and improve as a music educator and human. This is her list for 2021.

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Incredibox

Lesson: Incredibox to the Rescue

By LeslieAnne Bird / May 12, 2021
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LeslieAnne Bird shares her Incredibox lessons designed to encourage students to compose their own arrangements through manipulation of layered percussive and melodic ostinati.

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Making It Work: Summer Orff Levels

By LeslieAnne Bird / April 28, 2021
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Opportunities to create joyful music, make life-long friends, and become better facilitators are available throughout the country. Learn what to expect from each Orff Levels course.

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Take It Outside 2021

Making It Work: Take it Outside, 2021

By LeslieAnne Bird / April 14, 2021
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Now that the weather is warmer for just about everyone in the US, it is a great time to take music class outside! LeslieAnne Bird shares updated ideas for outdoor music class in 2021.

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Failure

I Am a Failure …

By LeslieAnne Bird / January 7, 2021
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As a typical “Type A” music educator, and one who has ADHD to boot, these are words that have been DEVASTATING to me in the not so far away past. And because I am a human being, sometimes I am going to fail. How I choose to respond to that failure makes all the difference…

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permission

Making It Work: Permission Slip

By LeslieAnne Bird / October 21, 2020
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Do you struggle with granting yourself grace? LeslieAnne Bird gives us the permission slips we all need right now.

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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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active sitting

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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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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