Every day my students are faced with situations far beyond their age and maturity. Many students receive backpack food on the weekends, and we are at a very high percentage rate of free and reduced-price lunch. Beyond that, many of our students are constantly in a fight or flight mode, due to experiences they've had previously, or in response to a lack of sleep, food, or other basic needs.
Despite the many hardships they face, my students possess a strong passion and talent for music.
Every day I am impressed with my students and what they are able to achieve musically. They are creative, intuitive, and eager to make music in all its forms.
My goal as their teacher is to give them a safe space to feel valued, successful, and able to take on the world. They deserve those opportunities no matter what their math scores are or the situations they go home to each day. My classroom aims to be that positive light for all my students by providing them with new, exciting experiences in music making. We just need a little help to get there!
If I've learned anything in my first year as a teacher, it is that procedures are IMPORTANT! That is why I have come up with a new system for the coming year for my K-5 students using name cards. These name cards will have each student's name, team name, chair number, and job letter. All of these things will connect a student with one of the procedures in our classroom including lining up, sitting in our seats, working in centers, and completing classroom jobs. The cards will help my students learn and remember these designations without having to go over them at the beginning of each class. Being the "experienced" teacher that I am now, I know if I simply handed my students their cards, that a majority of them would disappear within the first week slid under a carpet or in a stack of worksheets.
That's where the dual lock velcro will give my classroom procedures extra strength!
My plan is to put this dual-lock velcro on every name card, every student chair, every piano, and every center area. There will be a designated spot for each student to put their card during all of our activities in my room and let them stay in charge of their information throughout class. The dual lock feature of this velcro allows all of the strips to stick to each other, so there is no issue with hooks and loops! I would happily purchase this on my own but with 300+ cards to make, it adds up quickly. I am growing as a teacher and I want to set up the most efficient and effective music classroom environment as possible for my students. Thank you for helping me "lock" down my classroom procedures of this coming school year!
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