Music Room Ramblings

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Let other teachers help you decide

What they are saying . . . 

The teaching resources that I have posted at Teachers Pay Teachers come from my 30 years in the elementary music classroom. I really appreciate when teachers take the time to come back to my store and post great comments. And I really love getting special requests! It means that these resources are helping teachers and hundreds of children.

Here are just a few of the most recent—

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Side-by-Side Coaching

This will be a short post. My "busy" is about to get a lot busier. I'm more involved in my retirement in more activities than ever before, I think.

As a side-by-side coach, I get to do lots of different things. Last week and for the next few weeks, I am helping the music teachers at a large elementary school with their 2nd grade program, Stone Soup. This was a huge favorite at my school.

The logistics of trying to involve all of the students in all 7 classes has been an interesting challenge. I've made color-coded diagrams for how to rotate off and on risers, Powerpoints for the music teachers to teach the songs, and I also get the privilege of working with the kids in the drama. Fun stuff!! Hats off to CMA who provides this service to the music teachers in our district.

What would you do with a side-by-side coach? 

I have been helping teachers with technology—creating web pages to improve communication with parents, teachers, students, and staff; improving efficiency in class by using iPod, bluetooth, remotes, projectors, etc.—sequencing activities, preparing for evaluations, and many other things.

As a side-by-side coach, I am available for phone calls, emails, facetime, and personal visits. My first meeting is free.

Check it out!

'NSpire Side-by-Side Coaching

Monday, February 5, 2018

Eyeball to Eyeball

Screen-Driven Lesson Plans


I'm old school and retired. I really feel that children need to have eyeball-to-eyeball contact with a real person instead of screen-driven lesson plans. So just skip if you disagree. 

That being said, I'm also high-tech and loved using computers in the music classroom. I had 12 computer stations for small group activities and used a Smartboard, projector, and screen. But only occasionally. There is a difference between using technology as a resource and as the "driver" for your lessons.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Taming the Program Monster

I Feel Your Pain!

After reading the many fall program horror stories in Facebook posts from teachers who were needing help, advice, space to vent, encouragement, etc, I started thinking about the hundreds of programs I was responsible for during my 30 years as an elementary music teacher. At the same school!

I have come up with a few things that might be helpful as you navigate the waters of teaching vs. performing.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

You Have to Say, "Ba-a-a" to a Little Baby Goat

How do you talk to a little baby goat?

I thought that might get your attention! LOL Read on . . . there is an educational connection!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

"That Little Boy Is Smarter than Me"

Lessons Learned from Little Ones

We were riding in the car with our grand children, going to a holiday event, when I heard our 4-year-old say, "Jonathan is smarter than me." His 7-year-old sister quickly responded that he certainly was not!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"From Homeless to Carnegie Hall"

The Power of Music

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted and I've got lots to share but that can wait for the next post.

I just saw this segment on the "Today Show" and I really feel that we need a little something to help us feel good about what we do. I see way too many posts, especially at this time of year, from teachers who are discouraged, tired, disheartened, and ready to call it quits.

Please don't!! Hang in there!