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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: Music Center Logistics

Music Center Logistics – The How, What, and Why Learning centers can be fun and educational – a place where students get to explore and work with friends to complete objectives.  There is a ton of potential for everything to go right and for students to learn at their own pace and expand their knowledge… Read more »

What Is AOSA and Why Should I Join?

What Is AOSA and Why Should I Join? Educators have the opportunity and responsibility to join various professional organizations. However, as educators, available funds to join the most appropriate ones are not always easy to come by. How can an educator decide which memberships are the best fit for them? Which organizations are going to… Read more »

Prepping for Your Ukulele Unit

Prepping for Your Ukulele Unit Ukuleles are such a great way to teach concepts like melody, rhythm, harmony, form, and style.  They’re also a great way to actively engage students in music making.  As the new year begins, here are some of the things to think about as you prepare for your ukulele unit! Unpacking… Read more »

Making It Work: Positive Procedures (updated)

Positive Procedures As you anticipate returning to the classroom this fall, do you find yourself  wondering how to better manage student behavior? Are you asking yourself  how to get your students to stay engaged with your lessons and stop all of that  talking and goofing around? Harry Wong states in his book, ​The First Days… 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 List, Third Edition

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 »

Making It Work: Paying It Backward

Paying It Backward I am a retired elementary school music educator and I taught over 30 years in Michigan public schools. I am now mostly retired. I am a teaching artist for an Aesthetic Education program and I have my own private Orff Music Studio, teaching 2 days a week. I love being able to… Read more »

Book Review: Making Music Cooperatively

Book Review Making Music Cooperatively: Using Cooperative Learning in Your Active Music-Making Classroom   While it is often a normal occurrence for the content of a book to diverge from its title, this is definitely not the case when it comes to Making Music Cooperatively: Using Cooperative Learning in Your Active Music-Making Classroom, written by Carol Huffman.  Huffman, an experienced music educator whose expertise… Read more »

Making It Work: Self-Care Strategies for Springtime

Making It Work: Self-Care Strategies for Springtime It is a stressful time of year.  Performances, grading, state testing, and student behavior ramp up as winter winds down and summer approaches.  What can music teachers do to combat stress and potential burnout in the final few months of the school year?  Instead of creating an elaborate self-care plan at this busy time… Read more »