Friday, December 24, 2010
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Whatever you do over and over again is what you practice. You can practice being lazy or you can practice accomplishment. You can practice being a slob or you can practice neatness. You can practice complaining or you can practice gratitude. Whatever you practice is what you get...or what you'll be.
We practice wonderfulness in music every day so when we present our program...we will be wonderful! It's not OK to be OK. Not with me as their teacher. It's my choice to coach my students to excellence. Every day. Every time.
Practice make permanent.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
4th Grade Christmas Song Practice
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
"A Few Of Our Favorite Holiday Things."
This is the 45th anniversary of the movie release of the Sound of Music. I thought it would be a great year to include My Favorite Things. Each family will be asked to bring a "brown paper package, tied up with string" to decorate our stage. How fun!
We learned 3 of our "all song" songs today. It was jam-packed with energy, choreography and enthusiasm. My poor 6th graders who start the day with me at my morning school. I'm a little hyped up in the morning and they are not always fully awake. I think they are when we are through!
It's going to be a GREAT program!
I love my job!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Music Cadre Google Doc
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
"Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.
It has had particular influence in folk music, and become an emblematic African American spiritual. Its universal message has been a significant factor in its crossover into secular music. "Amazing Grace" saw a resurgence in popularity in the U.S. during the 1960s and has been recorded thousands of times during and since the 20th century, sometimes appearing on popular music charts.
This video for the Salavation Army makes a beautiful use of this song.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This is a song that three friends...me included...are writing...only two of the friends did not know each other before this started! I posted a FaceBook status one day about the beauty of sitting on my porch and all the lovely things around me and one friend said, That's a country song if I ever heard one." I said, "Go for it Sarah." She said, "I need a melody." The other friend said, "I have a melody." And thus...the conception of a song was born. Sarah had a verse, Sandy had a tune, I had a chorus idea that blended with Sarah's. I opened Garage Band and began to arrange and sing and learn. We began working with scans and messages and ideas back and forth and it has finally all come together. We are going to copyright it and send it to producers for consideration. Who knows...maybe someone will want to sing it...besides us of course. It's an ongoing and delightful endeavor!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Studying Music Makes You Smarter
This is for everyone who wishes their parents hadn’t signed them up for music lessons! According to the health and wellness website PsychCentral.com, practicing an instrument makes you smarter and improves your prospects for the future. How so?
- First: Learning music makes you smarter. A study at the University of Toronto study found that grade school kids who took either piano or voice lessons had a three point increase in IQ compared to kids who received no musical training.
- Also:When scientists assigned five piano finger exercises to non-musicians, there were changes in their brains in less than a week. Connections between the problem-solving regions of the brain improved, and the area dedicated to finger movement increased in size. That’s the same area of the brain that controls memory and language skills.
- Speaking of language: A study at Northwestern University found that people with musical training have an easier time learning a second language.
- One final reason taking music lessons is smart: They’ll help you get into college. According to the U.S. Department of Education, high school students who study music get better SAT scores. Students who study music also tend to have higher GPAs and higher acceptance rates to medical school.
Still not convinced that studying music is smart? Let me leave you with this: As a boy, Albert Einstein struggled in school, but instead of following his teacher’s advice and getting him a tutor, Einstein’s parents bought him a violin. He credited the instrument with making his scientific breakthroughs possible, and played it whenever he was working on a tough problem.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wallace's 6th Grade Promotion:
Ayr's K-6 Picnic Music:
Juniata's DARE and 6th Grade Promotion:
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Honorable Dennis Utter
P.O. Box 94604 State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
I am writing you to address my feelings on the issue of taking the music programs out of schools. I know that this in not an issue in our great state of Nebraska at the moment, but I fear that one day it may be. This letter is a plea for prevention.
Many states have mismanaged their money and are now cutting music programs from the schools. I understand that cutting math, science and reading classes are obviously out of the question. The argument is that some states feel they have to cut these programs in order to save money. However, there must be other ways in which that is possible. Students need music. There are many studies and statistics that I could mention in this letter about how music makes a child more intelligent, but I would like to approach it from a more personal point of view.
Music has been a part of my life since I was born. I have a musically gifted family. I play the flute, piano, and sing. My two brothers are also very talented musicians. One plays the bass guitar while the other one drums, and they are both marvelous singers. My mother was the inspiration to our musical abilities. She went to college to earn a degree in music education and has now been teaching music for over 20 years. She stayed at home with us when we were young and taught my brothers and I everything we know about music.
When my brothers and I were old enough to start school, my parents thought it would be best to send us to a small, parochial school. This meant that we would not be attending any of the schools in which my mother taught. My brothers and I were active in music programs in our elementary years and continued in high school. The music programs at our schools helped us become who we are today.
As stated earlier, my mother is an elementary school music teacher. She teaches in three small schools, Ayr, Juniata, and Wallace #16, in the Adams Central School District. She keeps in contact with music teachers nationwide through an e-mail list of K-8 music teachers. Many of those teachers have become her friends. It is very disheartening to her when she finds out that many of these teachers are loosing their jobs because of pulling music out of schools. Will it really be saving the government money by getting rid of these jobs and then having to pay for unemployment? I feel the states will have even more of a mess to clean up if music programs keep being cut.
My mother loves her job and loves her students as well. She understands the importance of having music kept in schools. Whenever I ask any of my mother’s students what their favorite subject is, they always say music. Music class is a time for them to learn and have fun at the same time.
I am currently attending college to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and I want the music programs to still be in our school systems by the time I become a licensed teacher. Also, if the Lord blesses me with a family, I want my children to be well educated in music as well. If Nebraska fails to take preventative motions to keep music in the schools, then when I do become a teacher, I will do my best to implement so sort of musical activity for my students. I want what is best for the students, and I feel that music is part of that.
Thank you very much for your time. Also, thank you for representing Nebraska. I pray that God will guide you and your decisions in leading our great state.
Sincerely, Elise Lukow
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Juniata's Wallwisher page.
We'll be working on this for the next couple of days.
If you have anything you'd like to add...just double click
and write on your own sticky note to share with everyone else.
Now...be nice! I do have to approve each post before it appears
on the wall so please check back!
(I need to exercise a little...or maybe A LOT of control here!)
Monday, May 3, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
A database of historical maps that can be used with Google Earth.
TimeMe - http://timeme.com/
Wallwisher - http://www.wallwisher.com/
Newspaper Clipping Generator - http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp
Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century - http://www.presidentialtimeline.org/
SpellingCity - http://www.spellingcity.com/
Jigsaw Planet - http://www.jigsawplanet.com/
Thinkfinity - http://www.thinkfinity.org/
Illuminations - http://illuminations.nctm.org/
SMART Exchange - http://exchange.smarttech.com/
PBS Kids Interactive Whiteboard Games - http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/
PBS Kids - http://pbskids.org
RedKid - http://www.redkid.net/generator/sign.php
Printable Checklist - http://printablechecklist.org/
My StoryMaker - http://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker/
Bubble Wrap - http://smartboards.typepad.com/smartboard/files/bubblewrap.swf
Ted - Ideas worth spreading - Sir Ken Robinson - http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector#p/search/8/iG9CE55wbtY
Music Tech Teacher - http://musictechteacher.com
Pics4Learning - http://pics4learning.com/
Delicious - http://delicious.com/cdahl1
Diigo - http://www.diigo.com/
Portaportal - http://portaportal.com/
Library of Congress on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress
Library of Congress - http://www.loc.gov/index.html
A Maths Dictionary for Kids - http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - http://nlvm.usu.edu/
How Google Works - http://www.google.com/howgoogleworks/
Pete's PowerPoint Station - http://pppst.com/
Common Errors in English Usage - http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html
Awesome Stories - http://awesomestories.com/
Facebook Safety for Educators - http://www.facebook.com/help/?safety=educators
Jeopardy Labs - http://jeopardylabs.com/
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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The students learn to listen using this method. They hear me tell the story. They take notes and then they share facts once again with each other. As they exit the room, I have them tell me what they found interesting about what they heard that day. We learn about Ludwig van Beethoven in 4th grade after we finish our Recorder Karate. If you know one of my 4th graders, ask them about Beethoven; they will be able to tell you much about his life!
I have been criticized for using candy as an extrinsic motivator. I accept that. It's fun and it's effective. You could do this with stickers or stamps or high fives or points or whatever else you choose. Jelly beans are my thing. They are a small yet sweet incentive. You can use whatever works for you. In the whole of my teaching, my goal is to model and stimulate intrinsic motivation but I find that properly placed extrinsic motivation can heighten awareness and ignite desire to learn.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
My 5th and 6th graders had a good time creating their own 12 bar blues pattern today using this innovative web-site. I drew the pattern on the board and they chose the buttons to push with the radio playing in the background. What a simple and delightful way to create with the blues.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
All of my students know our national anthem. We sing it many times during the year acting it out and reviewing the history of the song each time we sing. I teach respect for the flag, the song and our country. As a child of an Air Force officer, as well as a proud American, this is dear to my heart.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Nebraska becomes the 37th state.
African-American men get the right to vote in Washington D.C.
Alaska territory is purchased from Russia 7.2 mil. dollars.
The 1st dental school in the U.S. is established at Harvard.
Theodor Geisel a.k.a as Dr. Seuss is born.
Henry Ford sets a speed record 91.37 mph.
Work on the Panama canal is begun.
The 3rd modern Olympics are held in St. Louis.
The 1st New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square.
The play Peter Pan premieres in London.
The Trans-Siberian Railroad was completed.
The Star-Spangled Banner becomes the national anthem.
Herbert Hoover is the president.
The Empire State Building is completed.
Nevada legalizes gambling.
Thomas Edison submits his final patent application.
Monday, March 1, 2010
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Monday, February 8, 2010
I draw a fishing rod and reel on the board. I also draw an old film reel-to-reel projector which most have never seen. I show them the difference in spelling "reel" and "real." They start to get interested as the time moves along.
We start the dance instruction with plain hand sanitizer and I tell them that I will reward them at the end of the class with fun smelling hand sanitizer...if...they have been polite. Today was Fresh Lemon. Incentive does wonders toward encouraging proper behavior. They were great and they can't wait until next Monday when we will do it again! Yay!