MAKING KEY CHANGES

REFLECTION

Are you making key changes to refresh your teaching?

 

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May 13, 2020

"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else." ~ Yogi Berra

Reading  Summer Is Coming: Make a Musical Splash (repeated reading)

Review  Watch video.

Reflection There is so much uncertainty about what the fall will bring for school systems. Are you anxious? Have you halted your planning for the upcoming school year because of these feelings? 

Refreshment  If no plan has yet been put in place for your school or program's upcoming year, then consider moving forward with your original plans, at least to an extent. Consider refreshing and aligning documents, videos, instructions, lessons, and so forth. Do your documents and assignments look the same? Is it obvious that they come from you and/or your program? Do you use the same header, emblem, motto, etc.? Are they appealing, positive, and informative? Refresh what you can now.

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May 12, 2020

"Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection." ~ Mark Twain

Reading  Summer Is Coming: Make a Musical Splash

Review  Watch video.

Reflection The summer can be an opportunity to improve our students, ourselves, and our programs. Have you offered opportunities for your students to participate in private instruction and/or camp instruction (most likely virtually) this summer? Have you considered enrolling in a graduate course? Have you made a list of items you'd like to refresh in your course/program?

Refreshment  Make a list of instructors who plan to teach virtually this summer and are accepting new students. Distribute this information to your students to encourage private instruction. Make a list of summer music camps that will be offering virtual opportunities and distribute to your students to encourage participation. Seek out guidance from colleagues (or me!) for recommended private instructors or camps. Enroll in a summer gradate course. Consider mine as an online option:  Registration Information  Make a list of items you'd like to refresh in your course/program and begin to tackle them!

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May 6, 2020

"Change is inevitable. Growth is optional." ~ John C. Maxwell

Reading  A Personal and Professional Pivot: Make It Simple, Not Stressful

Review  Watch video.

Reflection What would you like kept, replaced, removed, or refreshed in education? Why? How will these particular aspects influence all stakeholders - educators, students, families, and communities?

Refreshment  Identify the areas of education that you want to keep or change. Explain the reasoning and its impact on all educational stakeholders. Share these concerns with anyone that can influence future educational decisions.

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May 5, 2020

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand: they listen with the intent to reply." ~ Stephen R. Covey

Review  Listen to podcast.

Reflection Could you relate to the commentary during the podcast shared today? Did any of the remarks resonate with you? How did you feel while listening to this particular podcast?

Refreshment  Reply to Lori with one specific remark, thought, or idea you took away from the podcast. Explain how it caused you to reflect and how you may refresh your thinking, communicating, organizing, or teaching as you move forward. Email Lori.

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May 4, 2020

"I love meeting new people; I think everyone has a story to tell. We should all listen sometimes." ~ Kim Smith

Review  Listen to podcast.

Reflection Do you listen to podcasts? Did you start listening to podcasts during quarantine? What time of the day are you most likely to listen to a podcast? What lessons have you learned? Can you apply these concepts to your teaching? Would some of these strategies be successful with your students?

Refreshment  Find a new podcast. Skim through the episodes and locate a topic that appeals to you. Listen. Apply. Utilize.

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May 1, 2020

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." ~ Warren Bennis

Reading  Sharpen Your Vision: Envisioning and Articulating Your Program's Future

Review  Watch video.

Reflection How is the vision of your classroom, course, ensemble, or program evolving during this period of virtual teaching? Do you plan on keeping all aspects of your program the same upon return to the school building? Have new lessons, activities, strategies, and opportunities emerged during this time or have you refreshed old ones?

Refreshment  Keep a running tab of what you'd like to eliminate, add, and update with your vision. If you don't have a vision, use this time to begin drafting one.

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April 30, 2020

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." ~ Winston S. Churchill

Review  Watch video.

Reflection How do you react when you fail, forget, or miss something? Are you stunted for a period of time? Do particular emotions emerge? How do you bounce back from this failure? Do you have a certain quote that you recite? Do you play a theme song? Do you have an activity in which you engage? Do you attempt to still complete the task? Does it change how you move forward in the future?

Refreshment  What did you fail, forget, or miss yesterday, this week, or this month? Recall how you reacted. Employ some of these strategies with your students when they miss a meeting, lesson, or activity.

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April 29, 2020

"You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. " ~ John C. Maxwell

Review  Watch video.

Reflection What are some habits you have successfully changed during quarantine? Have you read more? Have you gotten more sleep? Have you exercised daily? Have you eaten healthier? Have you connected more with family or friends?

Refreshment  Reflect on the entire quarantine period. Decide on some successful habits that you have made. How will you maintain these new habits when social-distancing ends?

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April 28, 2020

"Success depends on previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. " ~ Confucius

Reading  A Prelude to Performance: Instructional Methods for Introducing a Musical Selection

Review  Watch video.

Reflection How are you introducing a new book, music, or concept to your students? Are you simply offering the material to your students and expecting them to read it, perform it, or learn it at first sight without any explanation? Have you thought about all the different aspects of the piece you (or they!) could describe before learning?

Refreshment  Upon offering a new book, musical selection, or concept to your students, share your rationale for choosing the particular material and the research you did to make your selection. If flipped, and you ask your students to suggest a new book, musical selection, or concept for learning/performance, require an explanation and brief description from your students regarding the preferred/selected material. Employ the 7 suggested methods that are outlined in the reading.

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April 27, 2020

"I don't believe what you say. I believe what you do. " ~ Anonymous

Reading  Everyday Networking: Forget the Rules and Just Be YOU

Review  Watch video.

Reflection How are you networking during this global pandemic? Consider the virtual tools available to create, collaborate, and connect with people from your colleague in the classroom next door, down the road, or across the globe. Had you utilized these tools and methods for global communication prior to the pandemic? Are you utilizing them now to network with colleagues? How will you employ these tools moving forward, even beyond isolation?

Refreshment  Strive to make one new networking communication during this pandemic (or each month, week, or day). Invite a colleague to meet or to brainstorm ideas via a virtual method.

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April 24, 2020

"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. " ~ William Shakespeare

Review  Watch video.

Reflection Are you a time-conscious educator? Are you aware of time during each lesson, rehearsal, or meeting? If the activity you are leading ends at 3:00 pm, are you concluding the activity before that designated end time, so that all students/colleagues can actually walk out the door by 3:00 pm?

Refreshment  Be conscious of time and courteous of others' schedules even during virtual activities. Your virtual lesson, rehearsal, or meeting are priorities, but they are not the only activity in the daily routine for your students, their parents, colleagues, and other stakeholders. If an activity that you are leading ends at 10:00 am, conclude the activity a few minutes prior, in order to allow all participants ample time to complete a task, ask questions, pack up, gather their belongings, and leave the virtual space by the designated end time. Set alarms/notifications to signal "10 minutes remain", "conclude", etc.

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April 23, 2020

"Guilt can either hold you back from growing or it can show you what you need to shift in your life. " ~ Unknown

Review  Watch video.

Reflection Are you feeling guilty during quarantine for not dedicating quality/focused time to each area of your life: professional, personal, and family? Have you created a routine for yourself and for your family (if you are isolated with others)? What routines are you implementing? What time management techniques are you using?

Refreshment  Create a daily (weekday) routine. Include wake-up/bedtime, showering/grooming, meals, professional time (planning, teaching, meeting, etc.), personal time (exercising, meditating, reading, journaling, etc.), and family time (supervising children's virtual learning, playtime, enjoyment, etc.). Set an alarm to move efficiently to the next activity. Adjust the routine and/or alarms/notifications when needed.

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April 22, 2020

"We are all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding. " ~ Beau Taplin

Review  Watch video.

Reflection Sometimes, "refreshing" comes in the form of understanding. Are you being understanding of your students' and colleagues' situations during this global pandemic? Are you flexible with the needs of others?

Refreshment  Ask your students and your colleagues what challenges they are experiencing during this global pandemic. Keep these concerns in mind when a disruption to learning, communication, or commitment occurs. Be compassionate, understanding, and flexible of your students, their families, and your colleagues.

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April 21, 2020

"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship." ~ Louisa May Alcott

Reading  5 Skills of an Engaged and Enthusiastic Mentee (repeated reading)

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  Inviting others into your teaching space to observe and critique is the simplest and fastest way to improve your teaching. Have you considered inviting a mentor into your virtual teaching space to observe and critique?

Refreshment  Ask your mentor to join a virtual teaching session or send your mentor a recording of a session or a prerecorded lesson and ask him/her to provide valuable feedback on your virtual instruction and reaction. Inquire about student engagement, lesson pace, questioning techniques, and more. What could you improve? What could you eliminate or expand?

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April 20, 2020

"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." ~ John Crawford Crosby

Reading  5 Skills of an Engaged and Enthusiastic Mentee

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  During this global pandemic, where are you finding support? Have you considered this as an opportunity to reach out and ask support or guidance from a person you respect, admire, and consider (or would like to consider) a mentor?

Refreshment  Identify a particular limitation, then select a person with whom you would like to connect, collaborate, or create. Consider someone you respect or admire - who is currently teaching, serving in a different capacity, or possibly retired. Think locally and globally. Employ the 5 suggested steps that are outlined in the reading.

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April 17, 2020

"Spread love everywhere you go. . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." ~ Mother Teresa

Reading  Live Life Rosie(r): Spread Love Everywhere You Go

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  As you design your virtual instruction, consider your attitude, body movements, tone, word choice, and such, both in your virtual teaching/meetings and in your prerecordings. Do you appear prepared? Are you positive? Are you encouraging your students to remain engaged and positive themselves? Are you enjoying the virtual presence of your students and colleagues? Virtual instruction may not be your preferred method of teaching and/or your students' preferred method of learning, but it is necessary at this time. Make the most of it. Continue to spread love!

Refreshment  Continue to maintain your positive, compassionate, and encouraging disposition during this time of uncertainty. If you record your virtual instruction, then play it back and review it. What do you see? What do you hear? How would you feel if your were the student or colleague watching and listening to you? Are your students or colleagues leaving the lesson or meeting happier? Spread love everywhere you go.

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April 16, 2020

"Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day." ~ Unknown 

Reading  Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Am I Providing Opportunities Reflecting All? (repeated reading)

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  While reviewing your most recent concert programs, have you reviewed the selections and composers to ensure diversity? Are you searching for new and diverse composers to utilize for future programming, in addition to the remarkable composers you often program? Have you ever contacted a composer to converse, connect, collaborate, or commission?

Refreshment  Continue to locate your most recent concert programs. Review all performed music and use the resources (several were mentioned in the April 15 review video) to consider new and/or diverse composers. Consider contacting a composer (either ones you have programmed prior or newly found) to converse, connect, collaborate, or commission.

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April 15, 2020

"Everything is important - that success is in the details." ~ Steve Jobs

Reading  Get With the Program: It Can Be the Icing on a Concert's Cake

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  Are you taking some time during quarantine to review and refresh instructional documents? Have you ever wanted to update your concert program's template, format, or contents?

Refreshment  Locate your most recent concert programs. Review and consider how you would like to enhance each document. Consider updating the appearance, template, format, and contents. Consider the benefits to both printed and paperless options. Employ the 7 suggestions that are outlined in the reading to enhance your program.

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April 14, 2020

"We love experimentation. That's where the gold nuggets come from." ~ Reggie Fils-Aime

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  With all of the many hats you are wearing at home during social-distancing, are you giving yourself some grace? Are you also taking advantage of your creative side and exploring the opportunity to create, collaborate, and connect differently?

Refreshment  Turn your concern into creativity. Design that innovative activity you've always wanted to offer to your students. Record that video to enhance your program. Meet virtually with a person you respect or admire. Experiment! Explore! Enjoy!

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April 13, 2020

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause." ~ Mark Twain

Reading  The Power of Pause: How Storytelling Can Promote Rejuvenation In a Classroom

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  In your desire to create a high quality virtual learning experience for your students, don't forget to employ some of the basic and most useful classroom management techniques that you would typically use in your "live" teaching space.

Refreshment  When you recognize that you've exhausted an idea, plan, or process in your virtual teaching; believe that your students may not fully comprehend an instruction or task; or you realize your students (or even you!) need a break from virtual learning, then implement the "Power of Pause" by sharing a story, memory, joke, or so forth with your students. Employ the 5 pointers that are outlined in the reading to make your intentional pause effective.

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April 10, 2020

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul." ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  It has been 4 weeks since this reflection series has launched. We've discussed numerous topics regarding building community, embracing uniqueness, diversifying instruction, maintaining musicianship, equating friendship as mentorship, showing gratitude, and much more! How are you creatively combining these topics into instructional practices?

Refreshment  Email Lori and notify her of what remarkable strides you are making to reflect, refresh, and react to our immediate changes in education. Don't be shy! Say hi!

 

 

April 9, 2020

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities." ~ Stephen R. Covey

Reading  Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Am I Providing Opportunities Reflecting All?

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  During this virtual learning period, many educators are choosing to upload and share music and videos of outstanding compositions, performances, conversations, interviews, and lessons from various performers, composers, clinicians, and conductors. Are you providing a diverse representation of these exemplars and role models, so as to provide a reflection of all students? Are you allowing your students the opportunity to have both mirrors and windows placed in front of them, so they can see both a reflection of themselves and see into other cultures?

Refreshment  In your effort to provide literature, lessons, and videos of performances, practice sessions, conversations, interviews, and so forth, choose a diverse representation of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, and ability.

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April 8, 2020

"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ~ Helen Keller

Reading  First Comes Love, Then Comes Mastery

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  As we continue to teach virtually, frustrations regarding a lack of student engagement are beginning to emerge. Have you noticed particular students not engaging who, do in fact, have access and are capable of the tasks presented? What attempts have you made to engage these students?

Refreshment  Call, write, make a video, or demonstrate other creative ways to communicate with those students who have shown little, if any, engagement in your course or activities. Prepare an individual, yet positive, purposeful, and persistent message to each of these students that may prompt a response from them.

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April 7, 2020

"Success comes from taking the initiative and following up or persisting." ~ Tony Robbins

Reading  Spring Forward: Recognize the Importance of Recruitment Presentations (repeated reading)

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  Now that you've created a virtual video presentation in the hopes of retaining current students and recruiting future students for your program, how will you ensure that these students will in fact register or audition for next year's performing ensembles/courses?

Refreshment  Call or write to those students who have yet to register or audition for next year's ensembles/courses. Let each of them know how excited you are for having them as a musician in your program, describe what strengths they will bring to the particular performing ensemble/course, notify them of how you can alleviate any concerns they might have and assist them with their transition into a new school, performing ensemble, or advanced course.

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April 6, 2020

"I am convinced that although training and development are important, recruitment and selection are much more important." ~ Stephen R. Covey

Reading  Spring Forward: Recognize the Importance of Recruitment Presentations

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  If you hadn't recruited incoming musicians and auditioned them for next year's performing ensembles before the school shut downs began, have you given thought to how you will do this now through social distancing? Are you willing to be creative and innovative?

Refreshment  Create a video that contains all of the information you would have presented in person to future and current students and their families to recruit and retain them. Gather snippets of recordings you have saved from this school year, record yourself, or ask students to record a performance or personal and positive message and present an appealing and informative video that can be distributed to targeted students.

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April 3, 2020

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~ Helen Keller

Reading  Stronger Together: How to Get Administration On Your Side

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  What do you plan to do after you have your meeting to create, connect, and collaborate with your administrator? Hopefully, it includes sending a note of appreciation and gratitude to your administrator!

Refreshment  Send a note of appreciation and gratitude to your administrator. Thank him/her for meeting with you, for all the ways you have felt supported, and how you continue to be motivated to work together in the best interest of the students.

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April 2, 2020

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~ Helen Keller

Reading  Stronger Together: How to Get Administration On Your Side (repeated reading)

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  Have you ever requested to meet with your administrator to create, connect, and collaborate? Do you feel comfortable sharing strengths and limitations while asking for guidance and support?

Refreshment  Request to meet with your administrator. Consider discussing program, ensemble, student, and personal needs such as: accomplishments, goals, expectations, challenges, materials for instruction, invitations for participation, and professional development.

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April 1, 2020

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." ~ Henry Ford

Reading  Stronger Together: How to Get Administration On Your Side (repeated reading)

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  What is your relationship like with your immediate building administrator, such as a principal? Do you invite him/her to observe your classroom, participate in a lesson or activity, sit in on a rehearsal, or attend a performance? Have you considered ways to engage musically with your administrator?

Refreshment  Invite your principal to an upcoming lesson, rehearsal, or performance. Consider unique ways he/she can participate in these events through greeting, narrating, singing, playing, rehearsing, performing, and/or conducting.

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March 31, 2020

"Your attitude is like a mirror. The attitude you give out is the same attitude you will get back." ~ Justin Herald

Reading  Maintain Your Musicianship (repeated reading)

Reflection  Continue to reflect on your own practice routine and how this could serve as motivation for your students. Have you explained what an effective practice routine should look and sound like for your students? Have you provided a checklist for success for them to complete and in what order to complete it? Is it general enough for each instrument/voice part to utilize or have you created different ones for each instrument/voice part?

Refreshment  If you have yet to do so, create a practice assignment sheet/guidelines for your students. If you already have one, then consider reviewing/testing it yourself during this social-distancing period? Is it clear and concise? What items would you like to change, add, or delete? Consider including the following categories: warm-up, tune, fundamentals, listening, ear-training, method book, literature, and so forth. Make it brief, realistic, and understandable.

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March 30, 2020

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Reading  Maintain Your Musicianship

Review  Watch video.

Reflection  Are you learning to delight in your own personal music-making again? How are you using this social-distancing period to maintain your musicianship? Are you setting aside some time to complete practice sessions each week? If we want our students to practice effectively and perform enthusiastically, then we must show them the musical and disciplinary efforts we put forth to maintain our musicianship.

Refreshment  Carve out some dedicated moments to practice each week. Record yourself practicing your instrument and demonstrate to your students what your practice routine looks and sounds like. Indicate what techniques you use to warm-up and tune, how you practice scales/chords, what fundamentals you focus on, which literature you are choosing to rehearse, and if you improvise or attempt to play by ear. Perform for your students!

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March 26, 2020

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

Reading  Ways to Increase Motivation

Review  Watch video.

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.

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March 25, 2020

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

Reading  Stop, Drop, and Scroll

Review  Watch video.

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.

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March 24, 2020

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

Review  Watch video.

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.

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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

Review  Watch video.

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.

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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

Review  Watch video.

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.

Exemplar  See the examples provided in the reading.

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March 19, 2020

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

Review  Watch video.

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?

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.

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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

Review  Watch video.

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.

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

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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

Review  Watch video.

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.

Exemplar  See the example provided in the reading.

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March 16, 2020

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

Reading  Embrace Your Uniqueness!

Review  Watch video.

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.

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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