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Below is a short list of posts I found with great tips and advice for teaching from a cart. I've highlighted tips from each entry, but you can click on the blog title to read each post in full. I hope this list is helpful to those of you who are currently (or soon will be) teaching from a cart.
Songbird Serenade was gracious enough to write a blog post in response to mine. Thank you Kate! What I loved about Kate's blog post was her emphasis on communication with both the administration and the classroom teachers. Even with a permanent classroom, I know how important it is to have clear expectations, such as specifying the need for restroom/water breaks before music class. I would imagine that teaching from a cart makes communication even more vital to student success.
#2. Class Procedures
Tuneful Teachings has a detailed post offering great advice about teaching from a cart. Best of all, she is incredibly realistic while maintaining that you can, "Find ways to manipulate the things you want to do, into things you can do." As music teachers, we know how to overcome obstacles and work with what we have. Really, it should be in our job description...
#3. A Good Cart
Beth's Music Notes describes the Teacher Taxi by Wenger as "the mac-daddy" of carts. As a female of above-average height, I think a quality cart would be my top priority. While a larger cart seems tempting, I suspect that it must be tempered with something that won't make you feel like you've just completed your first marathon.
If you are teaching from a cart, I hope these links provide you with some useful tips to make your daily travels a little easier. As always, if you have any more tips on this topic, please leave a message in the comments!