Music Room Ramblings

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! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Yikes! It's almost November and I still don't have a plan!

Are you still struggling with what to do and how to do it?

You are not alone!! First-year teachers, especially, need help with juggling all of the elements necessary to building a great program. Everyone works hard in July and August, off the clock, of course, preparing their rooms—putting up posters, arranging chairs, tables, creating fun bulletin boards and doors—all to welcome students back to school. And to ensure that the learning experiences are fun and meaningful.

And then, the students arrive! Wow! What a shocker for first-year teachers.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Great Talking Pumpkin

I love Halloween! Simple as that.

My dad used to put a microphone inside a huge pumpkin on our front porch. Then he would hide behind a curtain in a nearby window where he could see the trick-or-treaters but they could not see him. When children came up the steps on our porch, he would say,

Friday, October 6, 2017

Do You Teach Standing or Sitting?

Not a Question for Me!

I was taught that being on eye level with children was less intimidating, so I sat in a chair unless I was moving with the children. I avoided "standing over" them. So when I was teaching a song or telling a story or

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Elephant in the Room

What to do when disaster strikes your school community?

I am certainly not a psychologist but I do know children. And 67 years here on earth have hopefully given me a little wisdom. It has definitely given me a wealth of experiences, both good and challenging. 

There have been so many posts on Facebook about what are teachers to do when they return to their classrooms after the devastation of the hurricanes. Schools have been physically torn apart. The newsfeed coming