Monday, April 29, 2013

Humour in the Classroom

Not everyone is the Class Clown – I confess I am. Humour plays a really important part in my teaching style. Every teacher brings something unique to their classroom and I guess one of the things I bring is laughter. I have one puppet that is so naughty that he can’t come to school very often. Sheldon, the snail, is cheeky and just loves to make everyone laugh, so when he appears we get very side tracked. He is a Folkmanis large snail, well he was before he became mine.
I also have a ‘joke of the week’ for years 4 to 7. It really doesn’t take long, and some kids really look forward to it. I have heard some families get the weekly Joke at the dinner table on music lesson days! (Poor things!) I used to have one for all year levels, but the frustration of having to explain the joke to the little ones got to me! Besides, we have enough laughs with the little ones without a Mrs O’Shea slack joke! But of course the most important thing for me is to have a laugh with the students over things that happen in the lesson. I stress WITH the students. The biggest crime in my music room is to laugh AT someone. The Dragon Lady of the Music Room comes out if that ever happens.
I hope that you all appreciate the talents that you bring to your music room.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Hot off the press - Semester 1 aural/written music tests! Year 1 - 7 - here is Queensland. For those not in Queensland the Sunshine State, this equates to 5/6 year olds up to 12 year olds.
The tests are FREE!!!!!!
Click here
While you are in the Crescendo site - have a look around! There are loads of freebies - and over 1000 more downloads for an annual membership. (I think it is great value - but of course I would!)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dear Teachers,
A very exciting event for musicians (young and not so young) is planned for Saturday July 13th in Brisbane.
We need 6,500 musicians to play in the World’s Largest Orchestra with James Morrison.

Please consider organising a group from your school?
QMF have provided loads of support (everything from media releases like the one attached) to risk assessments and notes for parents… and more.
If taking a group isn’t possible, please promote it to your school community and encourage families to be involved.
The official Media release is attached, including all the links, so it would be easy to send a note home, put an article in the School Newsletter, post something on your blog, tell your students….

Spread this message as wide as you can – access all your networks – PLEASE PASS THIS ON - let’s not miss this opportunity for advocacy!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013