High School Choir Online Learning Options: Growing as Musicians

If this helps anyone, here is how I am going to proceed with online learning for my high school choirs in the next weeks (approximately 130 students).  My school uses Google Classroom, so this assignment will appear there and students will be able to submit.  But this would also work through email.  Many of these ideas are industry standards.  I’ve only compiled them in a … Continue reading High School Choir Online Learning Options: Growing as Musicians

Don’t just assign crap. Questions to consider in this bizarre time.

Many of us are now suddenly faced with distance learning situations. So, here are some ideas to consider when teaching from home (these work for sub plans or long-term school closures). Fortunately, there are a ton of great resources being generated online and shared out there right now. Join social media groups for your professional organizations to get access to ideas and plans. But then, … Continue reading Don’t just assign crap. Questions to consider in this bizarre time.

A frank guide to a better back-to-school night

A frank guide to a better back-to-school night As noted in the title, this is intended for teachers who are looking to come through the other side of back-to-school night with fewer scars. If this is your first year, well, good luck.  There’s a strong possibility that it’ll be a disaster, but that’s okay.  Your entire first year may also be a disaster.  Hang in there … Continue reading A frank guide to a better back-to-school night

Shine Your Light

These thoughts are excerpted from the keynote I presented at the CT-ACDA Fall Conference in Guildford, CT.  I have edited my remarks for this print edition for ease of reading (mostly, I took out all of the jokes that failed miserably). Shine Your Light When I found out that the conference was titled “Shine Your Light,” I instantly thought of the zillions of inspiring graduation … Continue reading Shine Your Light

Practicing What You Preach: Learning What You Teach

Summer is the perfect time for me to try out some of the nonsense I spew all year long.  Okay, not nonsense. Well thought-out, research-backed, pedagogically sound, veteran tested, best practices stuff.  But honestly, stuff that sometimes makes me feel like I’m just a carnival barker. I’m talking about the practice-what-you-preach stuff.  Things I say a million times over the course of a school year, … Continue reading Practicing What You Preach: Learning What You Teach

Today, I spent the day in a wheelchair.

Today, I spent the day in a wheelchair.  And at the end of the school day, I got up out of the chair and returned to my normal walking life. I’m lucky.  I’m grateful.  I’m ashamed. Two of my colleagues have an awesome son who is wheelchair bound and has been the beneficiary of a Magic Wheelchair, which is an epic wheelchair costume.  Because of … Continue reading Today, I spent the day in a wheelchair.