Category Archives: The organised teacher

Go Slow

  I have had four reminders recently of the importance of teaching and learning s-l-o-w-l-y. On Saturday I had a gap between students at the Music Centre, and filled it with some long-overdue piano practice.¬†First I checked out a couple … Continue reading

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Non-identical twin classes

I shouldn’t be that surprised that the two classes in the same year group with the same sort of mixture of children and lovely, experienced class teachers should be so different. But I am having to think hard about these … Continue reading

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Post from https://bennewmark.wordpress.com

I follow this blog (among many others!) and was struck by this post: https://bennewmark.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/things-that-havent-worked-for-me-and-the-things-that-have/ Ben Newmark is a Humanities teaching in a secondary school, and that will give a certain direction how is has arranged his lists. Maybe some things … Continue reading

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42/60 A Surfeit of Christmas Concerts

The joy of working in several different schools is that you experience different school cultures, environments, collect new ideas, meet so many lovely people. But at this time of year I take a rather different view; Tomorrow (Saturday) is the … Continue reading

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36/60 Getting the children in and out

Most of my “transitions” with a class of primary school children happen in quite an orderly fashion, but I have one class of year 3s who chitter like a a cage of agitated monkeys as they move from classroom to … Continue reading

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27/60 Active Repertoire

A recent post on www.pianodao.com reminded me that I had meant to do something about “active repertoire” If you go here; https://pianodao.com/2017/10/29/christmas-repertoire-sheets/ you can read all about it, and track back to the first post on this subject. The idea … Continue reading

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13/60 New Term, New Start, New Post

I vaguely remember stating that I would attempt to do 60 posts this year – but I appear to have had an unintended Music Jungle sabbatical for several months. Right – let’s do some sums; there are seventeen weeks left … Continue reading

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2017/2 Teaching Ukulele TAB

I’ve a couple of ukulele classes to teach this year. One group, of year 5 and 6 children, have already done ukulele as a class instrument a couple of years ago, so I didn’t want to just follow my tried … Continue reading

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