In the Classroom

Ukelele Lesson #4

“Cheat sheets”, as we sometimes call them, are a wonderful thing. Last Friday, I asked my students how important their multiplication charts were to them. The resulting and rather loud answer was, of course, “Very, very important!” I showed them my chord chart and explained to them that I absolutely could not learn any of…

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Ukelele Lesson #3

My life’s motto: Life’s short. HAVE FUN! The more you bring fun and joy into your classroom, the more learning will take place. My students get so excited when it’s ukelele time! We discuss the lessons we are learning in relation to the ukelele and they are relating it to their lives more and more…

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Ukelele Lesson #2

‘Tis better to try and fail than to never try at all. Thus continues the ukelele wisdom I am collecting. Our students (our children) need to learn, to know, to feel that they can try anything in our classrooms/our homes. They need to know that they are safe to try new things, safe from embarrassment.…

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Ukelele Lesson #1

It’s been about a month since I started learning how to play my ukelele. Each Friday I bring it in and play a little bit more for my students. The lesson I learned last week: It’s really nice to have an encouraging and forgiving audience! While I am their encouraging and forgiving audience each time…

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Being Brave … with my Ukelele!

Come with me on a journey … My students are brave with me every week.  They try new fluency passages, they raise their hands to answer tough questions, they know that the simple act of being brave will get them big kudos.  They make goals, they practice every day, and they try to reach those…

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