Reflecting on the 2014 Midwest Clinic

This past week, our school district sent 9 of the 14 instrumental music teachers to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Much or our trip was paid for by a Teacher Quality grant for which each of us applied. We were there Wednesday through Saturday and attended several outstanding clinics, heard some amazing performances, bought quite a bit of literature, and ate a lot of great food! As part of the Teacher Quality grant, we are asked to reflect on the clinics we attended and what we learned while at the conference. Below is a rough sketch of the different things I learned while at Midwest this year.

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Reflecting on the 2014 Midwest Clinic

This past week, our school district sent 9 of the 14 instrumental music teachers to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Much or our trip was paid for by a Teacher Quality grant for which each of us applied. We were there Wednesday through Saturday and attended several outstanding clinics, heard some amazing performances, bought quite a bit of literature, and ate a lot of great food! As part of the Teacher Quality grant, we are asked to reflect on the clinics we attended and what we learned while at the conference. Below is a rough sketch of the different things I learned while at Midwest this year.
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Reflecting on Standards-Based Grading

For our final assignment in my VanderCook class, Teaching Music in a Common Core World, we were asked to look reflect on the work we did for our choice assignment earlier this week. I chose to look at standards-based learning, grading, and reporting. Continue reading

Standards-Based Grading and the Common Core

For the final week of our class, we were given the opportunity to choose a topic of our choice to research based on the work we have done in this class. Below is the prompt we were given:

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Reflecting on Implementing the Common Core in My Classroom

For the past three weeks, my VanderCook class, Teaching Music in the Common Core World, has been looking at how to implement the Common Core State Standards in the music classroom. We were provided a wealth of resources to begin our study in the first week. The second week focused on the specific implementation of the English Language Arts CCSS. This week focused on the implementation of the CCSS of Mathematical Practice. At the end of each unit, we are asked to reflect on what we learned. Continue reading

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in my Classroom

This week marks the end of a three week unit of looking at how to implement the Common Core State Standards into our music classrooms. Last week, we focused on the implementation of the English Language Arts standards. This week, we are focusing on the implementation of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Continue reading

Iowa’s New Start Date

Yesterday, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad sent a letter to Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck requesting that they “no longer automatically grant waivers to the 1983 state law that says school shall begin no sooner than a day in the calendar week in which the first day of September falls.” In response to his letter, Director Buck issued a letter to Iowa school leaders saying “Effective immediately, the Department will no longer automatically grant waivers of the school start date…” Continue reading