As we end the year, not ONE of us is thinking of planning for next year. I know and I’m super behind that. Instead of giving you something to work on RIGHTNOW, I thought that this week I’d take a look at things we can think about as we end the year, get into summer mode and don’t have to rush to do. How can we revamp from all we’ve done differently this year? What sort of things do we want to look at for next?

1. Keep or Toss?

I know this sounds like purging, and that’s exactly what this is but it’s not physical items. As you do lessons throughout the year, you know as well as I do that some are WAY more successful than you anticipate and others fall flat despite our best efforts. As you start thinking back on lessons, which ones were NOT worth the effort?

2. What are you missing?

  • Were there school ‘special’ days that came up by suprise?
  • Did you feel like you glossed over a cultural month because of time constraints?
  • Did you just plain old miss something?
  • Was there something new you want to do that you didn’t get a chance to add in?
  • Did you feel like you didn’t take enough time on something?
  • Was there some AMAZING idea you came across that you want to incorporate more of? This leads me to….

3. In with the new….

Music ed is evolving, changing and there is always something new. A new cool app, a newly learned folk song, something you want to implement from an amazing workshop on hip hop in the music room.

Make a list as you learn things and plug them in. Don’t let that handout go to waste. Instead, put those songs in a database and plug them in where they fit.

4. Simplify

I’m totally guilty of learning a dance at a conference and bringing it back for three grade levels with no idea of what concept to teach with the dance and how to sequence the dance concepts….yeah. While this is a terrible idea for the way I teach, it CAN give us a great idea for planning.

  • Running a folk dance unit? Can you run that unit at the same time in every grade level so you have less to move?
  • Using Orff instruments for something but you have to get them out to do it? Plan a similar activity in every grade level or at least multiples that week.
  • Centers? Legit – don’t do them all in one week. Instead, scatter and have one grade level a week working on centers cause that is WAY too much to set up/clean up in between classes.

Other Considerations

Do you follow a ‘methodology’ but like to dabble outside of it? Or work with multiple? Or incorporate lots that doesn’t follow some methodology? Prioritize, look at what you are doing and how much fits into one of those? If you’ve wanted to include more of one, set a goal to include it ever so many lessons or as part of a specific

I hope this is helpful and look for part 2 soon!

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