- Taking a few quick minutes each rotation to educate my students about the music blog for their school. My goal is that this will help with parent communication, music advocacy, and providing my students educational opportunities that are reachable beyond the four walls of my classroom.
- Commit to putting brain-based research on my paper programs for all performances. I would also like to put this research into other areas of parent communication such as our newsletter, and possibly at the bottom of any paper activities we do in class. I usually include research read by students while different performing groups are setting up during concerts. I recently received an email from a parent stating that she was excited to hear that we work on crossing the midline in music class and this was something that she works on with her son with at home activities. Every little bit of information helps!
- As always NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK with other great music teachers. Check out their blogs, workshops, and simply reach out and call! As my favorite mentor once said, "After all, it's for the kids!" So don't hesitate to pick other teacher's brains!
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