When you teach in a small community like me, you don't meet many music teachers. In fact, the most exposure I have to music teachers is my yearly attendance at our state's music conference. So you can understand my excitement when I discovered the wonderful world of blogging in my first year of teaching. I was able to read about other music teachers' struggles and joys without visiting the next county over. I was no longer alone in my building fending for myself, I had comrades out there in the blogging world. Better yet, these comrades were happy to share their ideas to help me grow as a teacher. So it comes as no surprise that they're also happy to help in my growth as a blogger.
Jamie, over at Play to Learn Preschool, has nominated me for the Liebster Award.
Jamie discovered me through my TpT store and enjoyed reading my post about Boomwhackers. You can find her nomination post here. The moment I checked out Jamie's blog, I was itching to go build my own "dramatic play center". I would've loved being one of her students. The aspect of Jamie's blog that I love the most is her focus on playing to learn. It's a fact too often ignored in our "teaching to the test" world.
Though I'm mostly going by Jamie's rules for this nomination, there are several versions of them for the Liebster Award floating around the blogosphere. So forgive me as I pick and choose what I want. I'm a musician. Sometimes we improvise.
1. Link back to the blog that nominated you.
2. Nominate 5 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3. Contact your nominees and let them know that you nominated them.
If you would prefer to avoid improvisation (or you don't like jazz), you can find other versions of the rules here and here.
My nominees are...drumroll please...
I almost don't know where to begin. From her idea to use a shower curtain as a floor staff (genius!) to her recent post about teaching syncopa, Emily has amazing ideas for the elementary music classroom.
Rhythm and Glues is a blog co-authored by Ginger and Lauren. Ginger teaches art, and Lauren teaches music. Not only do they have great ideas for teaching art and music, but they are hilarious as well, not to mention passionate about their subjects!
I came across Tanya's blog while browsing manipulative ideas on Pinterest. I'd been using foam squares as manipulatives in my class for a while, but she really brings the idea to a whole new level, with countless ways in which to use them.
I started following Emily's blog a few years back and haven't stopped since. She has loads of practical ideas that make teaching smarter, not harder. Her post about adding magnets to her xylophone visual to indicate notes for a bordun is just one example of a simple tip that makes life easier.
I just started following this Feierabend-inspired blog a few weeks ago, but it's already a staple in my weekly reads. Ms. Mangusso has several free downloads available, including the Solfa Texting Sticks printable that I now have on my desktop. She also sings the praises of the idoceo app (just like me). Great minds think alike...
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