MAKING KEY CHANGES

REFLECTION

Are you making key changes to refresh your teaching?  As we distance ourselves socially, consider carving out a few valuable moments each day as an educator to reflect on your teaching and ignite students' learning. I plan to update this resource most weekdays with a new, brief lesson for educators who wish to reflect and refresh during this time of uncertainty.

Tune in most weekdays for a brief idea/lesson to enhance mentorship and enrich motivation:

Join Lori for a week-long graduate course (3 credits) reflecting the ideas shared in her mentoring publications. The course is scheduled for July 20-24, 2020 through The University of the Arts at the Villanova University location in Pennsylvania. Lodging is available for the week:

 

March 26, 2020

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." ~ Author Ashe

Reading:  Ways to Increase Motivation

Reflection:  What are you doing to stay motivated during this time of uncertainty? Are you exercising? Did you make a vision board? Are you journaling? Are you communicating often with friends and family?

Refreshment:  Focus on YOU for a few moments each day, so that you can share your best self with those you love. And, continue reaching out to your students.

Review:   Watch video.

Reaction:  Was this lesson refreshing? Do you have questions or suggestions for future content? Email Lori.

 

 

March 25, 2020

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you can not see shadows." ~ Helen Keller

Reading:  Stop, Drop, and Scroll

Reflection:  Are you cautious about what you share through social media? Are you considering the content, context, viewers, influence, and impact of your virtual communications? Are you ensuring that the messages and/or material you post online are legal, positive, and kind?

Refreshment:  Spend some time reviewing your most recent social media posts. Ask a colleague or trusted friend to review your social media accounts and provide valuable feedback to you regarding perception and purpose.

Review:   Watch video.

Reaction:  Was this lesson refreshing? Do you have questions or suggestions for future content? Email Lori.

 

 

March 24, 2020

"Two things remain irretrievable: time and first impressions." ~ Cynthia Ozick

Reflection:  When was the last time you refreshed your program's website? Is the information updated, accurate, and understandable? Are all links and resources functioning? If you have photos posted of students, have you obtained school system, parent/guardian, and student approval? Is the perception a positive one of your program, school, and community?

Refreshment:  Spend some time refreshing your website. Ask a colleague or trusted friend to review it and provide valuable feedback for improvement.

Review:   Watch video.

Reaction:  Was this lesson refreshing? Do you have questions or suggestions for future content? Email Lori.

 

 

March 23, 2020

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." ~ Coretta Scott King

Reading:  Manage Anxiety and Stress

Reflection:  The abandonment of a school routine, stressors of a home life, the fear as the coronavirus continues to spread, and the uncertainty of if or when school will reconvene is impacting our students' physical and mental health. We may not know which students have a parent/guardian at home with them during this school shut down, if they even have a place they call home, if they are being fed, what their family life entails, and how they are dealing with this situation. We must first be concerned with our students' well-being before we can proceed with teaching.

Refreshment:  Continue to send personalized messages to students (through school email, online instructional messaging, snail mail, via the parent/guardian, a telephone call, etc.) informing them how proud you are of them, how much you miss them, how you hope they will remain motivated to learn, and what you can do to help.

Review:   Watch video.

Reaction:  Was this lesson refreshing? Do you have questions or suggestions for future content? Email Lori.

 

 

March 20, 2020

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." ~ Albert Schweitzer

Reading:  Friendship As Mentorship: Colleagues Can Be Your Best Resource Professionally and Personally

Reflection:  This week has been interesting and intense! Educators have come out in full force to support one another and provide resources for distance-learning, instruction, and communication. In addition to missing our students, I'm certain many of us miss our colleagues, too. Have you checked in with them this week either by phone, email, text, or another form of communication? What do they need? How can you help? How can they help you? Take some time to reflect on how much you care about them, why you miss them, and what a huge resource they have been for you personally and professionally.

Refreshment:  Send a heartfelt message of gratitude to one/some/all of the colleagues you cherish. Tell each of them individually how much you enjoy working with them, how much they mean to you, what an influence they have had on your life and career, the strategies you have learned from them, and how much you miss them during this global pandemic.

Review:   Watch video.

Exemplar:  See the examples provided in the reading.

Reaction:  Was this lesson refreshing? Do you have questions or suggestions for future content? Email Lori.

 

 

March 19, 2020

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reflection:  Have you begun to teach private lessons virtually or are you planning to teach private lessons virtually during this social-distancing period? Have you given thought to how you will present this alternative/opportunity to your private studio students and their families? Have you considered how you will maintain a positive and productive lesson format? Have you brainstormed strategies for success? Have you effectively communicated these expectations with all students and their families?

Review:   Watch video.

Refreshment:  Create an optimistic message to send to your private studio students and their families informing them of why, when, where, what, and how you will teach virtually. Provide strategies for success to ensure that each student will be prepared and focused for the virtual lesson. If you have already begun virtual lessons, consider creating a follow-up message providing "refreshed" strategies that you will immediately implement for round two's improvement.

Exemplar:  Read the letter Lori sent to her private saxophone studio.

Reaction:  Was this lesson refreshing? Do you have questions or suggestions for future content? Email Lori.

 

 

March 18, 2020

"If you can dream it, you can achieve it." ~ Walt Disney

Reading:  A Motto for Success: The Surprising Benefits of Classroom Sloganeering

Reflection:  Mottos encapsulate beliefs. They instill pride in people. They inspire us to do our best. Do you have a motto for your classroom, ensemble, or program? If not, have you considered creating one? If so, does the motto still ring true today? If not, have you considered refreshing it and/or including all stakeholders to brainstorm fresh ideas? Have you thought about what or who it would include? Have you thought about the positivity and productivity that could come from creating, implementing, and believing in a motto? "Just do it." - Nike

Refreshment:  Create a motto for your classroom, ensemble, or program. Consider including all stakeholders to brainstorm ideas. Make it original, unique, and/or appropriate to your beliefs and those of your students and community.

Review:  Watch video.

Exemplar:  See the examples provided in the reading. Or Google some!

Reaction:  Was this lesson refreshing? Do you have questions or suggestions for future content? Email Lori.

 

 

March 17, 2020

"As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart." ~ Proverb

Reading:  Show Gratitude: Make Real Contact By Giving Thanks, and Meaning It

Reflection:  Who are the most influential people in your educational journey? Consider all past, present, and possible future stakeholders who have impacted or will impact your career or program(s). Are they former teachers from elementary, middle, or high school? Is one a professor from college or a private instructor? Has a certain administrator guided your path? What about a parent, relative, friend, or colleague? Have any family members of your students been an inspiration? Has a particular student had a lasting impact on you? Now, think about the last time you showed gratitude to these people. What did you say? How did you express it? When did you communicate it?

Refreshment:  Send a heartfelt message of gratitude (consider a hand-written note) to one/some/all of these particular people informing them what influence they have had on your life and career, the strategies you learned from them, how you are currently utilizing their guidance, and how you hope to pay it forward.

Review:  Watch video.

Exemplar:  See the example provided in the reading.

Reaction:  Was this lesson refreshing? Do you have questions or suggestions for future content? Email Lori.

 

 

March 16, 2020

"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." ~ John Wooden

Reading:  Embrace Your Uniqueness!

Reflection:  Which students are you most concerned about regarding the limited physical, social, and emotional connection and/or their ability to maintain a practice/study routine at home during this period of social-distancing?

Refreshment:  Send a personalized message to each of these particular students (through school email, online instructional messaging, snail mail, via the parent/guardian, a telephone call, etc.) informing them how proud you are of them, how much you will miss their presence, and how you hope they will remain motivated to learn at home.

Review:  Watch video.

Exemplar:

Dear Jose,

I am so proud of the musical progress you have made the last few months in Band! I will miss teaching you, making music together, and hearing about your funny soccer stories. During this time away from school, please remember to be kind to your family, practice healthy habits, and remain focused on your academic and musical goals. Dedicate time each available day to an educational routine, such as reading, writing, and practicing your saxophone by attempting to improve the performance of your chromatic scale and method book material. If you need suggestions for supplemental practice material, please reach out. I am happy to virtually assist you.

I look forward to hearing how you are independently advancing musically and seeing your smile return to our classroom soon!

Fondly,

Mrs. Reichl

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