Traditionally, music teachers have required students to record the amount of time a student practices each week on a practice chart, but how many of our students really know how to practice for success? Whether you are struggling with the time honored question of how to get your students to practice –or frustrated when the results of their efforts are less than acceptable -this post will give you some ideas for inspiring students to practice effectively.
Collaborate with peers from your subject and grade level to develop a list of learning priorities for the school year. Consider learning priorities in light of, content standards (state and national) and review the established curriculum expectations. Due to the fact, there is usually more content than can reasonably be addressed within the school year, teachers are obliged to make choices. In the end, create a list of learning priorities of what your students should know, understand and be able to do by the post-test date. Remember your final results will be based-on moving individual students (not a class at a specific level) to another point as measured by the post-assessment tool you chose or developed.
Whether you are a rookie or a veteran teacher, we all experience feelings of excitement and worry about the first day of school. Making a good first impression and setting the classroom atmosphere is certainly a high priority for most teachers. Nearly all teachers begin the school year by introducing their class rules. A good way to make certain that your students will definitely, "tune-you-out" on the first day is to devote too much time reviewing rules, expectations and procedures.