I attended an Orff workshop in Shawnee, Kansas on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 9:00 - 4:30. Information from the workshop was shared with the other elementary music teachers in the district.
The Orff-Schulwerk Method combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to a child’s world of play. Musical concepts are taught through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and playing instruments. Music is learned by being involved. The Orff-Schulwerk Method is a way of teaching children about music that engages their mind and body. This method introduces and teaches children about music on a level that they can easily comprehend. Improvisation and composition are encouraged.
Below are a few photos of some activities I have used in the classroom.
Academic conversations are rare in many classrooms. Talk is often dominated by the teacher and a few students, or it does not advance beyond short responses to the teacher's questions. Even certain teaching approaches and curriculum programs neglect to train students how to maintain a focused, respectful, and thoughtful conversation.
Renee Bradshaw, Literacy Coach
Maggie Carr, Literacy Coach
I participated in the Whole-Child Cohort this school year. I read the articles ( https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-MeGmItW_YHyGait2CLdqf8QMi4moNb1SGP8g9qIw_Q ) and the book, Teaching with Poverty in Mind- What Being Poor Does to Kids' Minds and What Schools Can do About It, by Eric Jensen.
I learned that many children in poverty develop learned helplessness, and realized that many of my students demonstrate learned helplessness when faced with challenging academic tasks. I identified this as a learning barrier that I can do something about. I decided to research growth mindset instructional strategies to address this barrier to learning. I implemented growth mindset strategies from ClassDojo, Mindsetworks and other resources. Check out my Adobe Spark page to learn more about growth mindset and how it has been implemented into my classroom this year.
By: Kelly Anderson
By: Taylor Beckwith
This is a resource build by the ESSD40 staff for to aid in transforming teaching and learning.
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Learning Out loud