Music Room Ramblings

Saturday, October 25, 2014

What Folks Are Saying . . .

October 25, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Units, Standards, and Lesson Plans

Units and lesson plans should be designed with an end goal in mind and should be based on the National Standards for Elementary Music. If your district does not have Pacing Guides or Curriculum Maps, then it’s your responsibility to make your own. You must never sacrifice your integrity and professionalism as a teacher by just providing random fun songs and activities with no thought to your purpose and the music education of your students.

I have been working very hard on re-writing my "Lesson Plans for a Year" item. A few years before I retired, I was known to comment that I could do my lessons in my sleep. While not entirely true or even wise, my lesson plans on paper were pretty skimpy at best. All I had to do was look at the title of a song and I knew why it was there and what needed to be done. That's the beauty of 30-years' experience. 

When I posted these on Teachers Pay Teachers, I realized that I needed to be a lot more detailed for the new teachers. So that's exactly what I'm doing. And, oh, my goodness, it's taking a long time! But these lessons will be worth it when I'm through. Because so many of you do not have access to the wealth of materials and resources that I was blessed to have, I am providing links, song sheets, and very detailed descriptions of the activities that worked for me through the years. 

I've been so excited about this set of plans that I couldn't wait to share. So I've put Lesson 1, Unit 2, on Teachers Pay Teachers as a FREE download. Grab it quickly because when I have completed Unit 2, I'm going to remove it. 

Check it out and I think you'll find everything you need to create your own fabulous lessons based on the standards.