Sunday, November 30, 2014

TPT Store is Open!


I have taken Thanksgiving Break to really focus on opening my TPT store!  I have been thinking a lot about what I would like to make and what was resources I really wanted that I couldn't find.

This fall in my new school, I really struggled to learn names and faces of all 600+ new students.  In my school we have a LOT of students with special needs that I NEEDED to know on day 1! We have become a hub for students with extreme allergies, severe diabetes and other special needs.  I was terrified that my first week I would not know which student had a severe allergy and I would cause an emergency simply by sharing mallets.  I sent out the following freebie to each classroom teacher as well as the special education teachers and our nurse.  I let the staff know this form was not needed for all students (ex: students with glasses) but only the students who would really need assistance to be successful.

When I got the papers back, I put a sticker on my seating chart by the students' names and then I attached the forms to the back.  As I was meeting my students, I learned quickly the names of my students who had special needs.  I now feel confident that a substitute would have the basic knowledge they would need for the day, without breaking any privacy concerns or keeping full IEPs locked in my room.

What tips and trick do you use to stay organized for a substitute?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Behavior in Music

I have been reflecting on the first month of school and wanted to share some successes and struggles.


K: Four corners using Lindsay's Four Voices posters with great success and fun
1st: Students have sung in Spanish and played ta and ti-ti rhythms on tubano
2nd: My Spanish students translated "Pobre Gatito" back into "Poor Little Kitty Cat"
3rd and 4th: Students have already done movement in boy girl pairs (and handled it!)
5th: Students have auditioned in small groups for the district wide choir concert (The Big Sing!).  I am very excited about their tone and support!
6th grade choir of 20 has read rhythm cards in two parts and they are beginning work on Zum Gali Gali

This first month has really flown by!  There is so much to do and so much that has already been done.


As I adjust to my new school I have struggled with some behavior issues.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, Dazzling Discipline, I hold the class accountable for our expectations by flipping our posted rules backwards when we need to fix them.  I also use a resting spot for students that need to reset for a minute.

As a young teacher, I have worked in a variety of schools each with their own ideas about discipline and how to handle behavior issues:

Buddy Room: If the student is unable to fix their behavior and they have lost the privilege of being in their classroom they go to a neighboring classroom for a break.  In some schools, the Buddy Room teacher helps them process and return to their regular class.  Others feel that the Buddy Room is a place for students to go until their regular teacher can process with them.

Stop and Think:  Some schools have a behavioral specialist.  The room or space can be called many things but the staff in the room process through the behavior with the student.  It is up to the staff of the behavior room to prepare the student to return to class ready to learn.

Principal/ Dean of Students:  If a student struggles, they go to the office.  The student waits in the office until someone can process with them.  The person in the office prepares the student to return to class and assigns any consequences.

None of the Above: My current school is moving towards PBIS certification.  The focus now is on positive behavior and rewarding it.  After winter break, the school PBIS team will develop consequences and procedures at their winter training.  Right now, each teacher handles things differently.  Some teachers fill out behavior reports, some use loss of privilege, some use buddy rooms, some just ignore behavior.

This year if "Take a Rest" hasn't worked with a student (or if the behavior has been extreme), I have found a time to conference one on one and talk about the behavior.  I am still getting to know my students and talking with them after the fact really helps us both understand what happened, and how to fix it.

Some students have called home to let them know how music has been going.  In my district calling home when a student is struggling is welcomed and expected.  I try and set up a goal with the student.  Usually the reward of meeting the goal is having the student call home to report positive behavior.

I am also starting call home with students who are excelling in music.  Although it takes time, it makes their day, and mine!  What do you do to acknowledge students who go above and beyond?

What do you do for those individual students who struggle but do not receive services?

Do you call home? Do the students call home? Do you use sticker charts? Does your school have a system you find effective?  

Please share your thoughts!

Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New School, New Room!

Today is my first day working in my classroom.  Teachers officially start on Monday, but I really need to get a head start.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, the teacher I am replacing was in the position for 24 years.  This will be a big adjustment for the kids.

Over the summer the carpets were done so I am starting with a clean slate.  As you will see in the pictures, I am very spoiled in this space.  Here is what I am starting with:

This is the front of the room.  The door on the left goes to the storage closet.

This is a continuation of the front of the room.  The door on the right is where students will enter.

This is the side wall that goes to the hallway.  The door pictured is where students will exit.

This is where I am spoiled!  Pictured is the back of the room and the open door goes to my office.

This shows my office and the wavy side wall that is opposite the hallway.

This is a continuation of the side wall, note the wavy shape!

This is a continuation of the wavy wall and once again the storage closet.

I am very excited for a new year and my new space!  There are so many possibilities it is hard to decide and start!  I will update before open house next week :)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Big Announcement!

After setting all of my professional summer goals, life got in the way.   Finally, I let home life take priority over work!  We are engaged!

Not only are we working on planning a wedding, but we are also purchasing our first house!  What a fantastic summer!

Even with all of the excitement in my personal life, the school year is quickly approaching.  This week I am co-teaching a music camp with my friend Ryan from college.  Team teaching has been very eye-opening.  I really enjoy team teaching with a friend, and I truly admire those who team teach every day.  Today is the second day of the camp and I already can't wait to apply what I have learned in my classroom.  More on that to come!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Goals

Happy Tuesday!

I am done teaching summer school and I actually slept in this morning!  I would like to set some goals for the summer both personally and professionally.  I did not take a full summer job this year, and I would like to make good use of my time (too easily I feel like the summer is gone and I didn't get anything done).

1. Get in shape.

   I have had a lot of food allergy issues since college.  The doctors thought for a long time I had food allergies, then food intolerance, after years of trying to figure out why I suddenly gained a lot of weight and had no metabolism,  we didn't find an answer.  I was a 3 season athlete in high school and it just didn't really make sense.  I have continually tried to change it with diet and exercise, but life tends to get pretty busy.  One thing that helped me was being vegan.  I think lots of my stomach stuff came from meat and dairy.  I am not a full vegan, to balance out my diet I do eat fish (I love sushi!).  That hasn't changed my weight but it really has changed how I feel.  Anyway, I think I struggle with being so busy I don't eat and then I am really hungry so I have a giant meal.  That seems to be what messes up my metabolism.
   To kickstart good habits I was looking for an exercise program/ guide for eating (not really a diet).  We had family friends that tried the 21 Day Fix and really liked it.  It's through Beachbody (the P90x people) and we are giving it a try!  I know most of you come to this page to read about music so I will write more under the Lust for Life tab about my diet and exercise in the future.

2. Blog once a week

  I have been so grateful for all of the idea, lesson, songs, materials, etc. I have found online.  The online community made my last year of teaching possible!  Although I am constantly learning and changing, I would love to attempt to contribute to the community even in a small way.

3. Sell 20 products on TPT

  My store is not open yet, I know.  I am really hoping to sell but honestly I keep seeing the things I have created!  There are many wonderful artistic teachers!  I just need to focus in and start the sales!  I am hoping to sell a lot of Spanish music products as well (or maybe a Spanish option) because I teach in a school that offers immersion.  I also have a lot of native speakers to check my work :)

4. Buy a house

  Once again, in my Lust for Life tab, I will be sharing my about my life outside of the classroom.  We have been approved for a loan and we are house hunting!  Many things are out of our control and I am really trying to be patient but I am so excited!  I want to move today into a house and grow our own food and make it a home.  However, we haven't found a house that is a great fit for us yet.  Zillow has been a big addiction!

What are your summer goals?

How do you manage your time?

Any tips to help me achieve my goals?

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Job!

First of all, I just have to say....

I love my new blog layout!  

Hats off to Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs! I would highly recommend her to anyone!  I chose her custom blog plan!  She was so helpful, patient and clearly talented!

Thank you also to Lady Coco at GiftSeasonStore for my sweet little bird!

As a teacher, what do you do in the summer?

As a young teacher, I work!  I long for the day when I can take my Kodaly and Orff levels in the summer.  This year, my summer job is the best!  I am currently teaching at Summer Academy, a camp for high potential students in the Twin Cities Area.

In February, I wrote a course called, "Movie Magic!" The basic premise is learning how to compose in Garageband and create music videos in iMovie.  I have 21 incredible students!  We have already learned how to add sound effects and background music to a silent (Minion) video using Garageband, selected poems to use as lyrics for our song and tomorrow we are meeting with a professional composer!


One major way Summer Academy communicates with families is through blogs.  I decided to host my blog through  I honestly couldn't be happier!  What's great about kidblog is you set up a page, create a class list, assign passwords and that's it!  The kids don't need an e-mail to sign in, you don't have to send them an invitation code or anything.
Each student get their own blog!  They can post on their own blog that is connected to the mainpage.  They can add photos, links, video, tags, you name it!
You also have complete control.  Right now I need to approve any posts and comments before they are published.  The students are going crazy!  The camp ended at noon today and students are still posting and commenting on each other's blogs at 7pm!

Feel free to check it out!

The limitations are 100 MB of storage and 50 students.  If that isn't enough space, you can upgrade!  I am not sure this blog is the best option for the fall with 600 students but maybe each "student" could actually be one class?

~  Do you have student blogs?
~ What is your favorite way to communicate with families?
~ What do you do in the summer?
~  Please feel free to comment below!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Have a Mike Day!

Happy Father's Day!

         As many of you know I lost my Dad to cancer a few years ago.  I am going to steal a line from him and say, "I'm Lucky!" But seriously, I am so lucky to have him as a Dad!  I won't change it for the world.  We have a big golf tournament to celebrate him and it benefits Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center.  My Dad spent a lot of time after chemo and surgeries working with those wonderful people.  For more information on the golf tournament, please go to his page!  Mike Lust Charity Golf Tournament.

Reasons My Dad is pretty great:

  • When I was in elementary school, he would put notes in my lunch box that used all of my spelling words.
  • When he traveled for work he would make a point to have "Father/daughter dates" with me at least every other week (air hockey, bumper cars, racquetball, mini golf, etc.)
  • He was always optimistic, even at the end
  • He believed in making others happy, even strangers.  Tons of old man jokes!
  • When he got too sick for the softball and volleyball that he loved, he picked up golf 
  • In first grade, my Dad was driving me to school and I told him that one of the boys in my class stapled his finger on purpose.  Our teacher said he had to be done with the stapler.  My Dad said that you couldn't staple your thumb.  He had a stapler in his car and picked it up to prove me wrong.  There in the parking lot of my elementary school I watched my Dad staple his thumb.
  • He spent hours coach my friends and in softball and volleyball. "Point, step and throw."
  • His coaching theme and really motto was focus on what you can control.  Can we control how hard they serve? No, but we can control if we move our feet.
  • He sang loud and proud even though he couldn't sing in tune.
  • He always believed in me.
  • He would stop at every mirror, look at himself and say, "Yep, still good looking." Even in public.  Even in the mirror aisle. 
  • He would always ask me, "Whose your favorite Dad?"
  • He would constantly badger my cousins about being their favorite uncle.
  • He went to chemo in Hawaiian shirts and was always smiling
I could go on for hours!  It's not a great quality but the link below is a speech he wrote for Toastmasters about being Lucky.

This speech is literally about how getting cancer made my Dad "Lucky."  If you look close enough you can see him rockin' his Chemo pack!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dazzling Discipline Linky Party!

I am so excited to be Linking up with Aileen from Mrs. Miracles Music Room in celebration of her 1,2000 followers!

I have had the privilege of working in a variety of settings as a music teacher.  I have taught in school districts at the elementary level, middle school/ high school level, and in a Spanish/Chinese Immersion Charter School.  Each school has its own approach to discipline to guide your classroom.  In all of these settings, I have learned a lot and added more tools and tricks to my room.

Clear Expectations

I had the opportunity to student teach with Kristi Wagner, a fantastic elementary music teacher rural Minnesota.  To this day, I use what I have learned from her every day!  I am constantly modifying my expectations to fit each group of students I have worked with.  This year I used Lindsay's Music Rules and Songs.  I found last year that students have a lot of rules to remember.  There are rules for playground, their classroom, the hall, the bathroom, the gym, home, the bus, etc.   I wanted to help them remember and Lindsay's rules all fit with a song!  What a great idea.  I didn't realize how helpful that would be!  At the beginning of the year, we would use her songs are vocal warm-ups and to remind us of our job.  This kept the rules fresh in our minds and the students even made up actions, which helped my little wiggly ones stay focused, and involved more of their brain (whole body teaching!).  By the end of the year, I would just hum the tune and they would self-correct!

I post my rules on hooks by my board.  This is how the group is held accountable.  If I notice the group is struggling with one of the expectations I casually walk over the flip the card to the black and white side.  I typically don't need to interrupt the lesson I just give them the visual cue of what they need to fix.  Once they fix it, I flip it back to the color side.  If most students fix it, and one or two are still struggling I help those students (see #5).  

In my building we give the classroom teachers a 0-3 to let them know how the specialist time went.  I connect these to how the cards end.  I am teaching K-3 they are just kids who are learning and playing.  The mistakes are how they learn!  If all the cards end forward it's a 2, if one is backwards it is a 1, if two are backwards we have already stopped the lesson reviewed expectations, modified the activity and tried again and they end with a 0.  I save a 3 for something special.  We have all had those magical lessons where things click, the students completely get it or they work together extremely well, it isn't an average day.  A 3 is rare and very valued!

Here is how I use the cards: During class if we have a card flipped backwards and the students haven't modified behavior I will remind the group and give them a clearer expectation.  "Right now we are reading and speaking rhythms.  If you were involved your hands would be signing the rhythms and your voice would be speaking them."  That should be enough to get the group on track.  I can then help those few that might need more.  

If that doesn't work, I need to evaluate what I am doing.  It's the rule of 3.  In general, if it's more than 3 - 4 students not following expectations, it's me.  I need to change something.  Maybe the rhythms are too hard and they don't know what to do. Maybe we have done too many and they are getting bored.  Maybe they just came from testing and they need to move.  Stay in the moment.  Even if it is the 50th time you have sung the song today, you can't go on autopilot.  What do they need? Are they understanding? How could you word it differently, show it differently, engage them more?  Don't just talk, teach!

Model Expectations

 Students in general want to to the right thing.  I have been very fortunate to teach in buildings where students and staff value music.  They want to come to class and do a great job.  When you make it very clear what you are looking for, they rise to the challenge.  
For example:  One of my expectations is "Care for our Room and Instruments" which could mean a lot of things.  When we are playing xylophones we put them in rows with an aisle in the middle.  The expectation is that you walk down the aisle, down your row and sit behind your instrument with your hands in your lap.  For K-3 students, that's a LOT!  
I do a shortened version of a Responsive Classroom discussion (we only have 30 minutes!).  I explain the steps and model them.  Then, I make mistakes :)  I go to fast down the aisle, I play before it's time, I start to step over instruments, etc.  We make it very silly with lots of giggles.  

I learned the weirder I am, the longer they remember it!

Practice Expectations

Sticking with the instrument introduction example, the next step is we have students try it.  Before we do, I make it very clear that we are practicing.  If you make a mistake, I am not mad, you are not in trouble, you are learning and you just need more practice.... it's  OK!
I have a student model walking down the aisle, across the row, sitting behind the instrument with hands in lap.  If they do it, we clap!  If the get too excited and pick up mallets or make even a minor mistake, they get to try again in a minute.  I say, "Oops you forgot_____.  It's ok, we are all learning together.  Have a seat and you can try again with the next group.  Thanks for taking a risk, we will have you try again in a minute."  I have a few other students model what to do and then I got back to the first person and let them try again.  All very positive and encouraging but very clear and specific.  

Expect your Expectations

It sounds really simple but it is very difficult to be consistent all the time!  If you expect students to wait to pick up the mallets you need to hold them to it.  If you only hold them accountable for their actions sometimes it is very confusing for the kids.  It will all fall apart.  Your students following the rules get frustrated with you or the class and the students not following expectations will really test you.  You aren't being mean, you are being honest. You are following through on what you said.  It's logical not emotional. 

Don't Give Up on Anyone!

We all have many students that need more than what's above.  They aren't following expectations, now what?  You have prepared, you are consistent, what's next?  Honestly, it depends a lot on your building's expectations.  I am used to a Responsive Classroom Model.  I have a "Take A Rest" spot in my room.  Students can choose to take a rest or I can ask them to.  The resting spot is for small things that they are able to fix on their own (jumping down from risers, blurting, they are upset because they lost in a game, etc.).  In the resting spot there job is to get ready to return.  I compare it to a restart in a video game or when a coach calls timeout (be careful with this analogy).  For me, this isn't a negative thing, it's a tool.  You just need a minute.  As adults we have all needed a minute.  Just a minute I am on the phone, just a minute I am finishing this last page of my book, just a minute I have to grab a pencil... you just aren't ready.  

We model the practice taking a rest and how it could look.  What helps you calm down when you are upset?  What works outside of school when you are upset? We brainstorm and decide what are some great choices that would help you without distracting the class. Some common tricks:take slow quiet breaths, squeeze your hands together and then let them release, think of something else, watch how other kids following expectations.  The general goal is usually to calm down, let your heart slow down and get ready to learn.  When you feel ready we are ready for you!  

If I notice it has been longer than 2 minutes I will say, "Are you ready to follow our expectations?"  If they say no I will ask if they need one more minute or if they need someone to talk to.  Some problems they need help solving.  Then it's too big of a problem for the resting spot.  If they need someone to talk to they know it can't be me right now, I am teaching the class.  It could be the counselor, the psychologist, their support staff or the principal.  I ALWAYS follow up with the student and/or the person they talk to if this is their choice.  I also talk with them outside of class if I notice patterns (every time we sing they take a rest, every time we play an instrument they take a rest, they need a rest every day, etc.).

I realize this is a LOT!  I feel like a could write ten blogs on this topic and I am still learning more every day and modifying what I do!  I don't have the time for all of this, this gives me time!  Setting aside time for expectations makes the time you have left run smoothly!  

I can't wait to read what others have blogged about! 

What tips and tricks do you use? What works/ doesn't work in your room?  Please leave comments below!

Monday, June 9, 2014

End of the Year/ Music Sub Tub Ideas

Packing Up!

   On my first day of summer vacation, I thought I would catch up on my blog!  I have packed up my classroom for the year and it looks pretty empty.
    I still have the Music Rules from Lindsay Jervis up ready for the fall.  The rules spell out music and they each have a song to go with them.
   They worked so well for me!  By the end of the year, I could just hum the tune to the rule and students will self correct behavior!

To keep dust out for the summer I have covered all of my instrument shelves with paper and written what is under it.

Some rooms are used for summer school so I left out basic pencils, pens, scissors, etc.

All of the resources I need for the summer are loaded up on the cart to bring home

Sub Tub

Before leaving for the summer I really wanted to collect materials for a sub tub.   I work very hard to leave lesson plans for a sub instead of movies.  In our district we are typically able to have a music sub or at least someone who feels comfortable singing in front of kids.  We have a few retired music teachers who can lead my normal lesson but sometimes we have a sub who is terrified of subbing in music.

So far, here is what it contains:

My Many Colored Days Kit: Book, Scarves and CD I also have the old VHS with the Minnesota Orchestra.

The manilla envelopes are full of games for note naming stations for my older kids.  These are things I have purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers:
Amy Abbott's Let's Go Fly a Kite Treble Clef Review: Students get to add letter bows to the bottom of the kite to match the notes on the treble clef
Aileen Miracle's Visuals and Activities for the Treble Clef: Students get to match donut letters to coffee mug notes!
Emily F's Recorder Mega Set: Students get to match ice cream cones to recorder fingerings and use fly swatters to practice reading the notes on the treble clef.
Lindsay's Sol and Mi Ready Set Print Great worksheets for assessing.  She has since made many additions La, High and Low and Do
The green playing cards are Amy Abbott's Uno Inspired Treble Clef Game: Just like Uno!  The students treble clef letters and rhythms (instead of colors) to play Uno!

Mallet Madness Strikes Again and the books needed for the literacy lessons

Wee Sing Sing-A-Longs a book and CD collection of folk songs and other common songs with games and activities

After using Facebook as a professional tool, I began to hear a LOT about John Feieraband:  I purchased some of his materials this year and I love his program!
John Feierabend book collection
First Steps in Music Curriculum and CDs: I was excited to hear Jill Trinka as the vocalist on the CDs- I studied with her for my undergrad!

There are two DVDs inside:
Folk Rhythms At MMEA this year, I attended a session with Nyssa Brown and loved this DVD instantly!

Oscar's Orchestra This DVD introduces instruments of the Orchestra
Many picture books with a lesson idea typed and put inside (some add sounds for certain characters, some have a way to keep the steady beat in the story, some add instruments on key words, etc.)

My main curriculum books (GAMEPLAN) are set on top before I leave for the night with the lesson plans for the next day.  I hope that helps you start or add to your sub tub!  Please feel free to share your thoughts and what you include in your sub tub!

Thanks for reading!
~ Kate

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Milestones Worth Celebrating!

Happy Thursday!  

This year my school is doing an "abc countdown" and tomorrow is already "Veggie Day" bring Veggies for snack.  We are running out of days!  As a new blogger I am constantly admiring other blogs so I decided to link up with David's Make Moments Matter blog to celebrate the year!

School Highlights


~ Students performed their first trilingual concert!  The 2nd Grade Concert included Chinese and Spanish Immersion Students who performed both languages as well as English!
~ Students prepared and performed based on their units of inquiry (it's an IB school)
~ I had my first (and hopefully only) year teaching music from a cart
~ My Spanish GREATLY improved with the help of immersion and my co-teacher Carlos (from Spain)
~ HONK! Jr. was very cute and for the first time ever we offered a course for Behind the Scenes where students designed the set, props, costumes, and were crew for the night of


~ Students performed John Jacobson's "Spaced Out!" to tie into their unit on space
~ The Spanish Immersion classes performed at the district wide Festival of Cultures
~ One of my 2nd Grade Classes will be performing Alternate Routes song "Nothing More" more on that to come :)


~ I reached over 6,500 followers on Pinterest!
~ I started a blog!
~ I stared a Facebook Page for my blog
~ I am in line for a blog design by A Bird in Hand Designs at the end of next month!

Home Life

~ We are house hunting- an exciting and scary process!

.......Oh my, I think I need to focus a bit more on this next year.... How do you balance work and home?

It's been a crazy, exciting, professionally focused year!

Off to get some "home life" accomplished !

Thanks for reading,

~ Kate

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Music a la Cart!

Happy Saturday!
    I have been getting a lot of questions about my year teaching from a cart.  I thought this might be a great first topic for my blog.  I will share a little bit about my experience and maybe others will have great tips to add.

How did it happen?

My school reached capacity and there were literally no rooms left.  We are building a new school for the fall, but this was a year of flexibility and compromise.

How did I prepare?

Well, I knew that I wanted to do as much as a could and just make the best of it.  First, I bought a cart!

I looked all over the internet for tips on what to buy and how to use it and I was really disappointed with my options.  I decided to go big to try and cram on as many things as possible.  I opted for a giant chrome cart from Target and Wheels with brakes to add to the bottom.

                               View the shelf on        View the wheels on                               

What's on the Cart?

After purchasing the cart I realized I need to choose some basics to keep on the cart that I would use most days.

1. Keyboard and plug way up on the top shelf
2. Basic Orff
3. A bin of unpitched percussion
4. A water bottle!
5. I laminated my schedule (one for each of the six day rotations) and attached it to the shelf of my cart for quick reference
6. Small bins with file folders for each class to keep the papers under control
7. A binder with my lessons ready to go


~ I met with the teachers about where music could meet.  As a responsive classroom school each room has a "Morning Meeting" rug space.  Although small, it fit what I needed a LOT better than having them in desks

~ Decide if you feel comfortable teaching while their classroom teacher is in the room.  Discuss how this functions for you.  For me, I didn't mind it at all!  We talked to the kids about how their teacher was getting things all set for the rest of the day, and if the students needed anything they needed to ask me.

~ Do you have travel time built in to the schedule?  How does your administration want to handle this?  Be kind but ask!  Should the teachers come back early so you can leave or should they stay and wait for you to arrive.  Be clear that no matter what you do, you can't be in two places at once :)

~ Establish routines for the students begin while you traveling their way.  In my older classes, students lead body percussion, they could start a musical game we learned, or  even begin vocal warm-ups to get focused.  

Advantages of teaching from a cart:

1.  The students have desks if you are writing or composing.
2.  You don't need your own music pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, etc.
3.  You get to explore the classroom set ups throughout the school (sometimes it can tell you a lot about how the students are used to learning)
4.  It really is great exercise!
5.  You let go of a lot of clutter.

Feel free to leave any comments or questions below!

Friday, April 18, 2014

First Blog Entry!

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I am so excited to start blogging but as you can see, I am just getting set up :)

About Me

This is my fourth year teaching music and I love it!

My school has an optional Spanish Immersion Program so I have been learning a lot of new songs and games and my Spanish vocabulary is growing

I am preparing items to sell on TPT (more on that soon)

I just bought a brand new Mac for home so I can sell on TPT

This summer I will be teaching a Movie Magic Course for elementary students.  We will compose and create music videos to go with our compositions.

I teach in Minnesota and yesterday was our 8th Snow Day of the year (yes, on April 17th) 

About the Blog

This blog will focus on what I am learning and teaching.  After falling in love with Pinterest I wanted to have a way to share what I have found and what I am doing in my room.  

I have a very eclectic set of interests as a music teacher.  I have a Kodaly base and I have been expanding to add more Orff.  I am very interested in World Music and Technology.  I explore it all!

Still working on adding fancy buttons but follow me on Pinterest!  Songbird Serenade  

Look for my lovely little bird!

Have a great day!

~ Kate