I have been working with all of the PreK classes for the last 6 weeks to prepare for our Veteran’s Day presentation at the High School. It went great!
I submitted a grant for new barred instruments for the music room and am happy to say I have been approved!! It is going to take 2 years to fully implement, but we are on our way.
I dressed up as the Tooth Fairy! Complete with homemade shirt, toothbrush crown, tooth necklace and earrings, and tooth fairy wand.
It's that time of year again! The music teachers gather to celebrate their teaching styles with weekend workshops! (This is my second on this month!)
I really enjoyed meeting Brain Burnett. He had a lot of similar ideas to how I teach and my philosophy around assessment in the music room. Great presentation!
Probably my very favorite holiday to have during school! I dress up like a pirate and give instructions with a lot of "Aye" and "Arrrgh, Matey!" throughout the day. It's a ton of fun and doesn't take much. Bonus: It doesn't halt the school day. No gifts, no candy, no parties, no food, nope- nobody else in costume... no one else gives a rip about this day, but me! It's awesome!
It's okay if you didn't know it was even a thing. I've been doing this since I was introduced to it in 2005.
Want to know more?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day
Today was the dedication for Jeremy's new school across the street from our old school. Sunnyvale Elementary is now PreK-2nd grade (where I'm teaching music) and 3rd-5th grade have moved across the street to Sunnyvale Intermediate (where Jeremy will be teaching 4th and 5th grade science.
After the festivities we headed to IKEA for more school supplies: bins, shelves, etc. and stopped for a cold drink at "Hi Sweetie". That's where we found Bubble Tea served in these cute little containers!
Jeremy is moving across the street to the new 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade intermediate school. They will not have assigned classrooms as in traditional schools, but will travel to different rooms based on what they need to teach that day. There are science labs, an outdoor classroom, and an indoor slide. The teachers desks are housed in groups of five in large communal offices. Here is how we've decorated Jeremy's section so far. He will be teaching 4th and 5th grade science.
Another teacher was getting rid of this giant spool and one fo our neighbors at our apartment was throwing out these awesome chairs. Add a little (or a lot) of cut up fabric and now I have a new seating area in my classroom!
The Sunshine Singers presented "Joust!" tonight to a record crowd. We even had to open the bleachers for additional seating.
The big show of the season has wrapped and the stage has been reset for "Music Sharing Days" all next week. The following week will be the 4th Grade Honor Choir's Spring concert followed by the NRH2O music festival the following week.
So, the above picture sent by my brother appeared on my Apple Watch while I was teaching my Kindergarten class today. The kids immediately asked me,"What's that?" So I put it up on my screen and within a few seconds they started singing the YouTube sensation "Baby Shark". By the time I grabbed my phone they were already on the Daddy Shark verse.