2/4 Tuesday! Where we post about 2-4 ideas for the Music classroom! Here are a couple of my favorite little phrases. These are just little things that help get my students redirected and keep them on task.
1) “Knees, Nose, Tummy, Toes”
Super Quick Sidebar: Thanks to Debbie Gray, my mentor teacher from student teaching, for this gem of an idea! You can get her AMAZING book filled with lots of fun tidbits on Amazon. She never really had plans to write a book until one of her many, many student teachers (from her 30+ years of teaching) told her that she should write her amazing ideas down. She'd been sharing so many ideas with so many folks over the years and she just decided to write that stuff down. Imagine all the great things she's learned and tricks she can share. Debbie is the person who thought up a TON of the great freebie ideas I've talked about here including Chalk Circles for classroom management, Thank You Sprinkles as a reward for kids, and Cool Kid Spray which has to be the most amazing positive reinforcement tool in the world. Seriously, I've said it before: Love Debbie! Check out her book!
2) “Say it while you play it”
3) “You are responsible for your own actions!”
4) “Be My Echo”
These are just a couple little phrases that I use a LOT. What are some little things that you catch yourself saying? Leave a comment below if you’d like to share. I’d love to learn from you!
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