Grade Level: Middle School (6-8)

Heritage Middle School Leading Innovations – ELA/SS 8

Mission: The overall goal of our combined ELA and Social Studies class is to help you, as a student, grow as a thinker, writer, and a communicator.  During out time together, you will develop and demonstrate literacy and social studies skills like critical reading, writing, analytical thinking, and research.  Our focus will be to do…
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Discovery Middle School Leading Innovation – Special Education Math

I viewed a video of a Kindergarten student that was able to describe exactly where she was in her writing goal, where she had been and what needs to be done to move toward proficiency of the goal. I briefly shared the impact this video had on me with Special Education teacher, Joanie New. She…
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Rehearsing Full Orchestras with Confidence

While attending the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a clinic was presented over having Full Orchestras at the middle and high school level. Knowing that this is a conversation had among both administration and teachers alike, sharing key points from the presentation seemed beneficial to all who are interested. Dr.…
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Orchestra- ASTA Convention

One of the sessions I attended was titled, “Help! I keep running out of bow! Strategies for Teaching Slow Music in the string orchestra classroom,” presented by Molly K. Baugh from the University of Michigan. Besides being a solid engaging presenter, Molly had lots of great tips and ideas to share. As teachers, we need…
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Dyslexia Knowledge and in Music

I attended the American String Teacher Association National Convention March 6th-9th.   One of the many sessions I attended was on Dyslexia.  It was a general knowledge about dyslexia and then went into details about how it affects music teaching.  Dyslexia has been a new topic that the state of Missouri has been trying to spread…
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Student Creation with Augmented & Virtual Reality

FETC 2019 Description: Learn skills such as animating student created VR content, annotating 360 images, 3D modeling, and student help stations or tutorials using a variety of AR tools. Lastly, explore how 360 cameras such as Theta 360, Nikon KeyMission, and Google Cardboard camera can be creatively integrated in the classroom. The increase in accessibility of…
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Digital Portfolios-From Google to Bulbapp

From FETC 2019: Come see how simple and helpful it is to create a Digital Portfolio using Bulbapp. These portfolios are student-owned, allowing the students to take pride in their work. Bulbapp allows the use of text, images, embedded video, and other multimedia to make the portfolio both unique and professional. All subject areas now…
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Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

FETC Session description: With the vast disparities of inequity that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, utilizing a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built upon the foundation of leadership and school culture, a…
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Intonation workshop

Here is some great information about tuning and how to improve the intonation of your ensembles.   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=4+-+EEi+Update+Flyer+Digital.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=3+-+EEi+Brochure+sm.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=2+-+Smith+Tuning+Clinic+Supplemental.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=1+-+Smith+Intonation+Handout.pdf

Motivating the Musical Mind (Midwest 2018)

Dr. Andrew Poor presented this clinic at Midwest in 2018.  I have interacted with him in the context of DCI in the past.  He is a brilliant educator and musician, and offered a great deal of helpful information in his clinic and handout, linked below.  Included in the handout are web links to several documents…
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