Communication with Parents and Guardians

Building a Community

School begins by building the student community. We invite guardians into the space and include them in building the environment.  Often this is done with a newsletter or email introducing the subjects and the adults whom have contact with each child.  Any special events or classroom supplies are mentioned to assist students with a successful […]

Building Connections with Students

Be Authentic The video of a teacher giving each of his students a “just for them” handshake each morning upon entry has gone viral.  His efforts to connect with students have been applauded.  I think that this is a wonderful way to create a bond between teacher and student; for THAT guy.  I know that […]

My Yearly Notebook

Each summer I buy a brand new spiral bound notebook.  Not the skinny ones that you get in the 3 pack from Hilroy with the flimsy cover that rips within a few uses. I am particular about my stationary.  It may be a kind of a problem.  I get the 8 1/2 by 11 solid […]

Why Coding is Important Part One

I consider myself a fairly techie teacher.  However, until recently I hadn’t really tried my hand at coding or robotics.  Well, I had, but I had lost interest as I quickly felt as though I was out of my depth.  So, I did what I always do when I really want to learn something about […]

Setting up Successful Transition Meetings

I am really excited to be starting a brand-new job in September! I am leaving the world of music behind and entering the amazing world of Special Education. This has been a long time passion of mine and when the wonderful opportunity came up to open a class for students with a Developmental Disability, I […]

Training Students To Have Independent Reflection Skills

Assessment in my music room follows a gradual release of responsibility model. I explicitly teach students how to self-assess their ability to create and play a song correctly. I do this regularly throughout the year as we learn how to play different instruments, songs and arrangements.   Co-creating a Criteria Near the beginning of a […]

Do-over day

Have you ever wished that you could do something over again to make it better? In education, this could be everyday, every week, every month, and every year in our classrooms. If we let it. Have you ever taught a lesson more than once in order to ensure your students understood and could master the concept(s)? […]

Define and defying (smart) device use

There’s more to Modern Learning than delivering lessons on to smartphones. There’s more to Modern Learning than having a paperless class. There’s more to Modern Learning because there just is… And I’m fine with that because there is more to Modern Learning. So much so, that we are seeing more and more educators trying to define it even if others seem […]

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