Week 5 Essential Question: The relationship between teaching and learning

One of the first decisions we make at the start of our teaching career is "what kind of teacher do we want to be?" Our individual teaching philosophy guides the way we run our classes, the relationships we have with our students, and the kind of colleague we are to our staff. For most teachers, … Continue reading Week 5 Essential Question: The relationship between teaching and learning

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Week 4 Reflection

This week's essential question really got me excited about an end of the year project!  Band and choir are performance-based classes so, obviously, we have concerts.  The spring concert this year was scheduled much earlier than usual so I was left with two and half weeks until the end of the school year.  It is … Continue reading Week 4 Reflection

Week 4 Essential Question: Project to integrate my content with making

The book Designing Multidisciplinary Integrated Curriculum Units explains "Curriculum Integration" as designing lessons that incorporate topics from several disciplines "connected by a unifying concept that reinforces learning and brings the curriculum to life." I absolutely LOVE creating cross-curricular lessons for my music classes because it shows the students that I teach them more than just playing … Continue reading Week 4 Essential Question: Project to integrate my content with making

Week 3 Essential Question: The extent to which we should allow students to figure things out for themselves

I will admit right off the bat that I am a perfectionist.  I am one of those people who believes that "if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." I also have a very difficult time seeing students struggle with a task.  If I notice their mistake or realize what they … Continue reading Week 3 Essential Question: The extent to which we should allow students to figure things out for themselves

Week 2 Essential Question: Tinkering/Hard Play/Growth Mindset

Students with a growth mindset "understand that their abilities can be developed" is what Carol Dweck stated in her TedTalk video.  Students who accept that they are capable of improving will strive for that improvement when they fail, ultimately learning a life skill that they can use for any challenge they face in their future. … Continue reading Week 2 Essential Question: Tinkering/Hard Play/Growth Mindset