Music Ed Monday – Little one, what do you choose to be when you grow up?

At the beginning of this year, we had a PD session on character development which really changed the way that think about teaching.  It didn’t change it in a philosophical way, but more in a practical and pragmatic way.  It’s good that you want to make kids more successful and happier people, but how do you actually do it in a classroom day to day? … Continue reading Music Ed Monday – Little one, what do you choose to be when you grow up?

Music Ed Monday – Good News Calls

 But the most important lesson to be learned about calling parents at home to praise the achievements of their children is that those calls are actually more effective.  The student comes into class the next day with a lighter step, a brighter smile, and usually more of the same wonderfulness that prompted me to call home the night before. – Taylor Mali “What Teachers Make” … Continue reading Music Ed Monday – Good News Calls

Music Ed Mondays – Life Includes Mistakes (Part 2)

Welcome back! In the last post, we talked about how stigmatizing mistakes probably isn’t the best reinforcement of learning.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the last week and it’s become more complex and paradoxical and moreso the more that I think about it. I think that the caveat lies in the degree of the mistake: Not putting in an apostrophe isn’t going to … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – Life Includes Mistakes (Part 2)