So now that it's almost the middle of March, it's time once again for my five favorite pins!
#1: Creative and respectful ways to quiet a class
This blog article has lots of fun ways to get your students quiet! Sometimes, I feel like I get stuck in a rut with the same old techniques, so it was fun to read some new ideas (and I appreciated how many of the strategies were musical!)
#2: Encouraging Critical and Creative Thinking
I am always looking for ways to encourage critical thinking (which is why I created my Critical Thinking in the Music Classroom Bundled Set) so I was excited when I found this blog article from Teaching with a Mountain View. I could see her think tray working really well in the music classroom–have a tray full of musical instruments/ accessories, and kids have to remember what they see! Great for instrument identification AND memory!
#3: Treble Clef Note Reading Centers
This site had lots of ideas to practice treble clef note reading in centers!
#4: Ten Flashing Fireflies
This beautiful book, by Philemon Sturges and Anna Vojtech, could be used with the Japanese song “Hotarukoi” or the American folk song “Firefly.” I need to go buy this!
#5: Zoorchestra App
After reading about this fun app, I bought it, thinking if nothing else, I could have my 18-month-old play around with it. I could see it working well with K-2 as well, as a way to familiarize them with different instruments and pieces of music. Very fun!
Those are my five favorite pins of this month…what are yours? Feel free to comment below!