Hey there, internet friends!
I feel like I am working on lots of projects to share with you guys right now! I just LOVE being a helper – I truly hope that you are finding useful tips and information here. If you are not, PLEASE ask me your questions!!
One of my upcoming projects is a clinic at TMEA here in a few weeks. I had the privilege of presenting a clinic at TMEA last year and am honored to be invited to come back. If you will be in San Antonio for the convention I would LOVE to meet you – my clinic will be at 11:30 in CC212 on Thursday – if there is interest, I would also love to set up a meet and greet so comment below or send me a message!
As I’m preparing what I hope will be a fun and useful clinic for YOU guys, I have been thinking about my most frequently asked questions and confusions about what I do. You won’t find my information here credible if you don’t know a little more about me, so here’s some behind the scenes top secret information about the real That Flipping Band Director – Marianne!
So, here’s what I DON’T do 🙂
- I do not just let the internet teach my children
- I don’t ONLY teach them things using online resources – we learn a lot of things in class!
- I DO use the internet to streamline my lessons and introduce students to new concepts there so that it is not completely foreign to them when they get to class
- Along the same lines, I do not teach every lesson on the internet
- Just KEY concepts, things that I want taught perfectly and that I want students to be able to go back to and revisit if needed.
- I do not spend all of my free time creating online content
- This is a process! Over the years, I have compiled an arsenal of resources to use and reuse with students – the longer I do it, the LESS time it takes!
- I do not have a weird space age band hall
- my students still have class and rehearsal like yours do – I just use technology to enhance their learning journey
- you won’t see a bunch of computers or iPads all over the wall, but you will see students who are learning to be independent, life-long learners
- I do not use technology just to say that I did
- meaningful technology is very important to me
- the trust that my students have in me is even more important
- if I make them do things with technology “just because,” then they won’t trust me anymore!
- I refuse to just go through the motions with some technology to get a check mark from my administrator
- I want to use technology to be more efficient, not to waste time! No one has time to waste time!
- I do not shun kids who can’t access the internet at home
- duh 😉
- I give them the opportunity to view things/turn in assignments in the band hall on a band hall computer or iPad
- I do foster and develop an environment of communication where students must communicate a problem to me if I am going to help them fix it
- I stress to them the importance of having open communication and at appropriate times (i.e. not in the middle of class when I am assessing whether or not students completed an assignment)
- I also stress to them that if they need help, I WILL HELP THEM! I want them to be successful and if they need to use my computer even if the only time is in the first 5 minutes of class, I will let them do it.
Did I debunk any myths? Any surprises? Any questions? Comment below! I can’t wait to hear from you and hopefully MEET you – my internet BFF’s – at TMEA soon!!