Beg, Borrow, and Steal
In college my professors told me that the best teachers are the people who beg, borrow, and steal. Great educators look for new ideas, work hard to adapt concepts for their situation, and are continually talking with other teachers about what they can do to improve their practice. Whenever I walk into a music classroom I look for things that I can use and adapt. I talk with the teacher to see how they made their visuals or how they use their manipulatives. I ask if I can have a copy of what they've done and start thinking about how I can utilize their idea for use in my context. It's so rare that music teachers get to spend time with other music teachers and borrow ideas. Thank goodness for the internet, blogs, and pinterest!
I decided to create this free website because I've been so blessed by looking at other people's ideas, room decorations, lesson plans, songs, procedures, and more! I thought I would add my little part to the web to show you how I've adapted ideas, changed things, and come up with new concepts. It's always fun to share what works and what's fresh and exciting in your room. I hope these blog posts help to inspire and encourage you and maybe even save you some time.
If you like anything I've done here, feel free to borrow and adapt it. I've collected lots of ideas from friends over the years and I'll do my best to credit those people for their fantastic ideas. I'll also do my best to add links to my Teachers Pay Teachers account for any resources or visuals that I've come up with myself. That way you can save time formatting and prepping and instead just download the things that I've made. Most of my TPT stuff is free or very cheap. Check it out!
Why Make moments Matter?
Why is this website called 'Make Moments Matter'? Isn't it supposed to be about music? "Make Moments Matter" is one of my three main classroom rules (read about them here) and a phrase that helps to guide my life. As teachers we constantly shape the lives of the students we teach through what we share with students and how we react to them. Here is what I tell my students and what I would share with all of you:
"Don’t waste an opportunity. Sometimes you only get one chance to do something. When you get your chance, don’t be scared. Don’t be overwhelmed. Don’t run off crying before you try. You can do it! Take a chance and do your best."
I'm fortunate to work with about 400 brilliant, elementary school students on a daily basis. I teach at Ralya Elementary School located in Haslett, Michigan. This is my second year teaching in Michigan and my sixth full year teaching music. I'm loving it!
I graduated from Greenville College (IL) in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance and Worship Arts and then the University of Missouri - Kansas City where I earned my Master's Degree studying Choral Conducting and Music Education (2011). I completed my Orff Schulwerk certification at Baker University in KS and I can't say enough about how happy I am to have taken all three Orff levels!
Professional affiliations include the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA), the Mid-Michigan Orff Schulwerk Association (MMOSA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Michigan Music Educators Association (MMEA), and the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA).
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General Music Teacher
Ralya Elementary School
5645 School St.
Haslett, MI 48840
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