Orff, Teacher Ideas

Starting Out With Student Teachers

Happy New Year! I know many teachers are beginning this new semester with student teachers from local universities.  The experience of having a student teacher can be exciting, daunting, and stressful all at the same time.  You never know what it is going to be like when handing your classroom over to another person.  I… Continue reading Starting Out With Student Teachers

Instruments, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Teacher Ideas

Performance Based Testing

This week I have been starting my beginning of the year music assessments. I'm Ohio, and in my district, we have to complete Student Learning Ovjective assessments. Luckily, I get to create my own test for these. My principal and colleagues have to review the tests and approve them, but it is nice because I… Continue reading Performance Based Testing

Teacher Ideas

Curriculum, Planning, & More

Curriculum I started a very basic form of curriculum in my first few years, but it wasn't helping as much as I had hoped.  Then, I took a music-curriculum course.  It was lead by Arvida Steen and Jay Broeker, Orff-Schulwerk legends. They helped us to start out with just a basic list of things to… Continue reading Curriculum, Planning, & More