Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy Thursday!
I'm off to the New Jersey Music Educators Association Conference today!

Why?  Well, I'm glad you asked!

As I mentioned in my first blog, I was very fortunate to study with Dr. Sandy Mathias when I was in college.  I learned so much from her, and was able to work with her at the Kodaly Institute  at Capital.  Over the years she has paid me the great compliment of asking me to have some of her students do their student teaching in my classroom.

So I'm headed to New Jersey to talk about student teachers!  Tomorrow afternoon I will give a presentation called:  What To Do When You Are Expecting... A Student Teacher.

"So, you’re getting a student teacher... GREAT but where do you begin? The role of student teacher and cooperating teacher is vitally important to the education of our children. As one of the first real life teaching situations for the college student, it is important that the cooperating teacher make the experience a time of true learning while not sacrificing the music curriculum and the ever shortening time for the students in the music classroom. In this session, participants will gain insight from the experiences of a veteran teacher and a recent college graduate just beginning her journey in the field of music education. The presenters will share ideas on introductory materials, a timeline for incorporating a student teacher, feedback, lesson planning, and classroom management strategies."

I presented the same material last year at the MKMEA 2013 Conference in Chicago. with my colleague and good friend Katie Wynkoop.  It was a lot of fun for us and people seemed to appreciate the information.  So here I go again!

If you're interested I just added these materials to my TPT store.

Looking forward to meeting some new folks and seeing old friends Andrew Ellingsen and Jo Kirk, who are also presenting!  If you happen to be in NJ, please look me up and say Hello!

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