30 Day Blog Challenge Day 5

Day 5: How do you keep your classroom organized?

Simple! I don’t have one!

I do however, intend to keep as organized a classroom as possible. Everything should have a place, and I hope to include students in the process of keeping things organized in my music room!

I’m a big Harry Wong procedures fan, and I intend to use the same kinds of procedures to ensure that my classroom stays organized, clean, efficient, and optimal for learning!

 

#etmooc Digital Story Telling Experiment: Animated GIF v. 2

Here’s a “prototype” gif for teaching students how to draw treble clefs, and learn the order of sharps and flats. Not perfect, but I think it has potential!

I know it is not a story per se, but I think it is a really interesting way to teach a concept like this!

I created this with the iPad app Moquu.

What other concepts or ideas could be taught using this kind of media?

EDIT: Here’s another one teaching intervals in the key of C!

Infographic: The Psychology of Music

Really great info graphic about the psychology of music!
I’m hesitant to link music education with academic success and social skills. One, they are correlations, that is they are linked, but one does not cause the other. There are a huge number of other social factors that impact these claims.
Two, music education does not exist to promote these other skills. I’m happy if my students perform well in their other classes, to be certain, but my purpose is a music educator is to teach students music. To teach them how to create and express through music is the highest calling of the music educator.
Great graphic, but many music ed folks cringe at the correlations as arguments for music education in schools!
The Psychology of Music

 

#etmooc Digital Story Telling Experiment: Animated GIF!

I haven’t ventured into creating my own content for an animated gif just yet (I’m still tossing around ideas), but I thought I’d try making a gif of an awesome video with music by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

I love this video because of how perfectly the staff syncs with the music and how the animators chose to highlight the drama of the music with the intensity of the rollercoaster.

If I was an animator as well as an educator, it would be awesome to animate student performances! Maybe make it an after concert project option? So many cool ways to go with this!

Anyway, here’s the gif! I had a really great time making it, and it was very easy!

I followed Jim Groom’s super easy to follow tutorial on making gifs using Open Source Software which can be found here!

Check out my other digital storytelling experiments here and here.

For all my other #etmooc (Educational Technology Massive Open Online Course) postings, check out my ETMOOC category here

30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 4

Day 4: What were you most worried about as you approached your first day as a teacher?

My biggest fear when I started student teaching last Fall was that I wasn’t going to be good at it. Looking back I realize that it was kind of silly, but I was worried that after four years of study in music, pedagogy, educational psychology, special education, and over 100 hours of in classroom experience that I would, well, suck at it!

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I know that the real first day will present another set of worries and fears and that every first day for the rest of my career will begin again with new concerns.

I started student teaching on a Tuesday after a day off of school. I was assigned to teach 5-12 Band and K-6 General Music! So. Many. Kids! Names whizzed by me, teachers came and went, and it was very intimidating. But as that first week went on, I realized that I was ready. I was not a college student when I was in that building. I wasn’t a recipient, but a moderator of knowledge in that building.

By the time my second first day came along, I was ready. I jumped into my second placement in 6-12 Band and Choir headfirst and didn’t look back. I was still nervous. I worried that I wouldn’t fit into the public school community, that I wouldn’t connect with the students, that I would not like my new cooperating teachers, or that I would somehow embarrass myself right off the bat.20130206-093712.jpg

Luckily, none of that happened. I fell in love with teaching in my second placement. I liked it before, but that’s when I really became a teacher.

Five Card Flickr Story: Many Paths

All of these images reminded me of taking a journey, and all of the new and invigorating experiences that come with that.

 I think it would be interesting to create a specific classroom version of this game. Maybe have students select photos around a certain topic specific theme and compile them into a database and then have students write their own stories based on the pictures they get or choose pictures that best represent a piece of music.

How would you implement this in your classroom to promote storytelling skills within music education?

This one really hit home. My mother was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in October and began chemo therapy a month ago. She’s doing pretty well, but it will be a long few months.

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I wasn’t really planning to do the 6 word story exercise, but while making breakfast it came to me:

You had me at hello, Cancer

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(for some this may seem controversial, but I’m a 6 year breast cancer survivor. Unfortunately, my mom lost her battle with colon cancer 2 years ago. So I guess this story could be read 2 ways – from the first diagnosis shock to the defeated sighs of the last days. And there are many nuances to the word “had”)

I was overwhelmed by the lovely, heartfelt responses I received both on Twitter and G+

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On a lighter note, I decided to try the “6 Songs of Me” project from @guardianmusic.

MY PLAYLIST

You just have to go with your gut feeling on this one…overthinking won’t be fun. I was a tad disappointed to see that Spotify did not offer New Order’s ’94 remix of “Bizarre…

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