The Other 98% of the Time…

The Obama Administration recently issued support for limiting testing time for students to 2% of their school year.  Critics have already pointed out that this is more testing time than many students already face. While I appreciate the administration showing concern for students who sit for 9 hours of testing in only a few days, I think most people are still missing the real problem … Continue reading The Other 98% of the Time…

Don’t tell them they can’t.

Want your students to excel? Don’t tell them they can’t. Why not tell them they can? You’d be surprised what students can do. Sometimes it just takes you getting out of the way. Provide curricular opportunities that are open-ended in their design instead of curriculum that only has correct and incorrect answers. Allow ALL students chances to demonstrate mastery, creativity, and ownership of their work. … Continue reading Don’t tell them they can’t.

Practicing Choral Music: Ten ideas for the singer who doesn’t think they can practice on their own

Congratulations! You’ve now been told for the millionth time to practice your music for your next choir rehearsal. But if you are someone who hears that and thinks, “I don’t play piano. I can’t do this without someone helping me,” here are some ways you can practice on your own and improve your singing. Grab your music and a pencil. Many of these steps can … Continue reading Practicing Choral Music: Ten ideas for the singer who doesn’t think they can practice on their own