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LeslieAnne Bird

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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classroom management

Making It Work: Classroom Management Toolkit

By LeslieAnne Bird / February 8, 2018
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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…

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summer reading professional development

Making It Work: Summer Reading 2017

By LeslieAnne Bird / June 29, 2017
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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…

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quiet music lessons

Making It Work: Quiet Music Lessons During Testing

By LeslieAnne Bird / April 7, 2017
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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…

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Children's Books

Making It Work: Children’s Literature

By LeslieAnne Bird / March 23, 2017
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Making It Work: Creating Performance Ready Products Based on Children’s Literature One of my favorite parts of Orff workshops and trainings is when clinicians share ways to use children’s literature in a lesson or as the basis for a performance. When I began attending workshops and conference sessions I was amazed at the creative, innovative…

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self care

Making It Work: Self-Care for Music Educators in December

By LeslieAnne Bird / December 7, 2016
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December is a crazy time for music educators. There is a lot on our plates. We are still teaching all of our regular classes as well as preparing for a concert (or five), with all of the details and logistics that go along with that. Many of us have gigs outside of school at church…

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playing glockenspiel

Making It Work: Structuring and Organizing Programs

By LeslieAnne Bird / November 16, 2016
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Many music educators face the conundrum of how to make programs and concerts work for the children, families, school culture and capacity constraints of school performance spaces.

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