I had a fabulous first day back at school! I'm really enjoying the classes that I have so far and have a positive feeling about this school year. I'm also really excited to link up with some of my favourite music blogs. Steph from Stay Tuned is hosting a 2/4 linky party where music teachers write about two to four things they are doing in their classroom. I'm taking it easy tonight and will just write about two things!
1. Day 1 - 5 Baskets
Last year, I used one of these baskets (from the Real Canadian Superstore five years ago) for each grade. It ended up being a really big mess so I decided to use one basket for each day in our five day rotation. I put all the materials and handouts I need for that day in a basket. Before I go home I move any unfinished activities to the next bin and make sure that I have everything I need for the next day ready to go! The labels came from Kristen Doyle's Teacher Toolbox Kit.
2. Dividing the Students up into Music Teams
I had what I think is a brilliant idea of dividing my classes into six groups or teams. Here's the brilliant part: each group is named after a period of music history. We've got the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, and Post-Modern teams. I'll post some pics of my Team Leader labels tomorrow. I forgot to take pictures today!
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