So I have been moving toward music centers in my Kindergarten to 2nd grade classes. I was a Kindergarten teacher for 8 years so centers were something I have come to know and love. I have jumped on the bandwagon in the music room. I love that the kids have choices when they come into music on what they can/want to do that day. Each center has a specific goal and I actually named each center after the four major areas of the 2017 National Standards in Music, Play, Respond, Create, Compose. Each area focuses activities that give children opportunities to play music, respond to it through listening activities, create some sort of structured notation or compose original works with traditional and creative notation.
It has been off to a great start and I have kids playing games, creating and clapping rhythms, building measures of notes with legos, woodblocks, flashcards, daubbers and all sorts of materials. What I’m striving for is creating a system of management for 250 kids where I can keep track of and help guide them to centers where they need support in that standard. What do you do to help manage your students and guide them to choose an area they need to develop?
See….I’m also trying to help them guide their own learning by creating a structured choice of concepts we are working on at that grade level. What I haven’t figured out is how to guide a student who has already mastered a specific concept and feels very successful to move on to a different center. Yes, I can tell them. That’s easy, how do we move to getting them to know they accomplished the goal and move on to the next task?
I hope to answer that question throughout this year.