#1: Creative and respectful ways to quiet a class
This blog article has lots of fun ways to get your students quiet! Sometimes, I feel like I get stuck in a rut with the same old techniques, so it was fun to read some new ideas (and I appreciated how many of the strategies were musical!)
#2: Encouraging Critical and Creative Thinking
I am always looking for ways to encourage critical thinking (which is why I created my Critical Thinking in the Music Classroom Bundled Set) so I was excited when I found this blog article from Teaching with a Mountain View. I could see her think tray working really well in the music classroom--have a tray full of musical instruments/ accessories, and kids have to remember what they see! Great for instrument identification AND memory!
#3: Treble Clef Note Reading Centers
This site had lots of ideas to practice treble clef note reading in centers!
#4: Ten Flashing Fireflies
This beautiful book, by Philemon Sturges and Anna Vojtech, could be used with the Japanese song "Hotarukoi" or the American folk song "Firefly." I need to go buy this!
#5: Zoorchestra App
After reading about this fun app, I bought it, thinking if nothing else, I could have my 18-month-old play around with it. I could see it working well with K-2 as well, as a way to familiarize them with different instruments and pieces of music. Very fun!
Those are my five favorite pins of this month...what are yours? Make sure to click on the links below to read favorite pins of other music bloggers!