Category: Classroom strategies
What I’m learning from… Supporting a young person with autism and DCD (dyspraxia) in a mainstream full class setting
The ultimate discovery happened 3 days ago. Having struggled so much with the seemingly impossible ‘tapping in time to a regular pulse’, this student can now accurately tap complex rhythms using dotted notes, syncopation and triplets with perfect timing, with their left hand, with right hand and with both hands together!! Now that is beyond…
What I learned from… Kahoot! with Live Drum Kit
This week I used that same function to be able to demonstrate a live drum kit example while they thought about each question – also giving time for students to discuss their answers and even come up to the front of class to look more closely at what was happening on the drum kit from…
What I learned from… changing one word
So this week I’ve changed one word…
What I learned from… a conversation with Christopher Stevens HMI
One of the many things I love about the Music Teachers Association is the opportunity to hear the right conversations at the best time. This particular conversation was in a January 2023 meeting with Ofsted’s Music Lead Christopher Stevens HMI and Catherine Barker, president-elect of the MTA. The conversation both confirmed our recent developments were…
What I learned from… my Year 9s this week about ‘one extra step’ in learning to write a melody
Melody is one of the aspects of music that is so familiar to our students, but from the coursework I see, it also causes the greatest problems in GCSE composition.
VIPs in Music
Most surprisingly, students continued to develop their music work when they arrived home and continued to ask me questions until 8pm on Friday night and then again this morning. That doesn’t normally happen!!