Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Seating Chart and Unit

For the sake of organization, I created a new seating chart that I implemented in January.  This one allows me to organize grades much more effectively than I was doing before.


Music teachers: how do you organize your assessment data?  A seating/role chart?  I hope to use an iPad or some kind of technology soon for this.

Also, fourth and fifth grades started a recorder unit.  Students are doing very well so far!  Here is the pre-test students completed before the unit began:
Click here for the Recorder Pre-Test.

Click here for the seating chart.

2 comments:

  1. How do you teacher recorder for students who are LD or don't you have many problems with them keeping up? Thanks for sharing your blog!

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    1. Good question, and I think this will always be something I'm working to improve.

      I try to give students at all levels of motivation and ability opportunities to perform and practice at a pace that works for them. Many students are highly motivated and practice outside our classtime. These students are helpful with students who might be struggling. For example, I might ask a strong player to help his/her partner, help with fingerings, and demonstrate for the class.

      At the same time, I also want to encourage and help struggling students by giving them opportunities to be successful. That might mean providing extra praise when they produce the right sound or having him/her play an exercise with one or two notes, whereas I would ask the strong player to perform a more challenging exercise.

      Next year, I might implement the "Recorder Karate" program as a way for students who are really excited about playing recorder to excel, while also giving struggling students plenty of opportunities for repeated practice.

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