Thursday, December 15, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
This is one of my favorite books and one my students love! Running low on time? Linda from Floating Down the River has a great set that you can easily print, cut out, and tape in a pinch. Check it out here!
Does your school use thinking maps? Why not turn them into a fun costume? Grab another specials teacher and compare and contrast your hearts out!
This costume would definitely require some creativity and craftiness. With a big piece of card board and some white yarn, you could turn yourself into a musical masterpiece. You could spray paint the body of the ukulele your favorite color!
Why be just one Beatle when you can be all four at once? Pick your favorite Beatle and print out the other three out and glue to cardboard. Bonus points if you carry around a real guitar and sing Beatles songs all day!
Have a creative Halloween costume idea? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
Monday, September 26, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Technology is transforming so quickly. It is amazing what happens when you combine technology and music. This TED talk features Eric Whitacre talking about his virtual choir.
Stefon Harris - There Are No Mistakes on the Bandstand
Sometimes as music educators, we can get hung up on perfection and can beat ourselves up over mistakes. Mistakes are only often perceived as mistakes because of the way we react to them. It's a good lesson for us as teachers and for our students as well.
Ken Robinson - Do Schools Kill Creativity?
There is certainly a reason why this is one of the most popular TED talks of all time. As music educators, we value creativity. Ken Robinson is a wonderful advocate for nurturing students' creativity.
Rita Pierson - Every Kid Needs A Champion
Friday, July 22, 2016
This is another game that works well with K-2 students. Usually this game is played with a ball but you could easily replace it with a stuffed animal if you have a small space or are worried about using a ball in the classroom.
Bounce high, bounce low
Bounce the ball to (student name)
(student passes ball to whoever's name was called)
There are two ways you can play this game:
1. You can select a student who will receive the ball and have the whole class sing the song.
2. You can have the whole class sing "bounce high, bounce low" and the student holding the ball sings "bounce the ball to ___________" by themselves and passes the ball to the student he/she chose. This is a great way to assess student's singing.
This is a fun call and response game for upper elementary or middle school students. The whole group moves and chants:
Jump in, jump out, turn yourself about!
Jump in, jump out, introduce yourself!
My name is __________ (one person)
I like ______________ (one person
And I like ___________ (one person)
Alright! Alright! Alright! (group)
There are a lot of different versions of the chant. This is the wording I prefer to use.
Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder
This is a fun activity to do with grade 2-4 students. You could create your own movements or use the ones in the video above.
Up the ladder, down the ladder
One by one (4 x's group)
My name is __________ (student)
Your name is ___________ (group)
Repeat 3-5 times depending on the amount of students in your class and then go back to the chorus
Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?
This is classic game an be a great way to learn names. Rather than using the word "stole" as the song traditionally goes, use the word take. This can also tie into a lesson on not taking anything out of the music classroom that isn't yours.
Who took the cookie from the cookie jar? (teacher or group)
(student name) took the cooke from the cookie jar! (group)
Who me? (student)
Yes you! (group)
Couldn't be! (student)
Then who? (group)
Thursday, March 24, 2016
How can I use Kahoot to assess students?
The most awesome feature of Kahoot might be it's ability to assess data. At the end of a game play, the teacher will reach a screen that gives the option to download the results. You have the option to download as an Excel file or download straight to Google Drive.
When you open the file, you get an analysis of how each student did overall and how they did on each question. A green mark indicates a correct answer, red indicates incorrect answer. You could use this data as a grade or as a way to inform your teaching.
Bottom line, students learn while having fun and you get the data you need to assess!