An Adventure with John Williams!!!

For this unit we will be exploring the music of John Williams while having fun at the same time! I have a lot of exciting activities lined up for us! Take a listen at this John Williams Medley!

John Williams PowerPoint


Jazz – Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman is a jazz clarinetist who was born in 1909, and started playing the clarinet at age 10. Not long after that he began to play professionally! Louis Prima’s song “Sing, Sing, Sing” features Benny and will be the one of the focal points of this lesson, and we will learn about what texture is, how Benny became a jazz star, and how he made his mark in history!


My Musical Influences

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One of my first musical influences was my middle school band director Cindy Barrington. She pushed me when no one else ever had. We had an award system where us band members would pass off certain exercises and eventually pass off a whole level. She encouraged me to always strive to do my very best, and I finally started to believe in myself and passed off all six levels and was in the top ten for passing it off the fastest! I never thought I had a talent or a gift, but in seventh grade I realized I actually did!

My second musical influence has got to be, hands down, my high school choir director Angela White. Once I realized that music was my gift I had to decide how I wanted to use it. Being in her choir made me want to be a choir director more than ANYTHING! Choir was my favorite part of the day! Being in choir really brought me out of my comfort zone and helped me be a LITTLE more outgoing! Without choir I would have never made the decision to come to Arkansas Tech University, which was one of the best decisions I have made to date!

TESS Outline


Pre Conference Questions

(1a) How do the lesson concepts fit within the scope of the discipline?
(1b) How do you become familiar with the diversity (culture, learning styles, interest, special needs, etc.) of students in your class?
How do you use knowledge of the diversity in your classroom in planning instruction for students to be successful in reaching the learning goal(s) of the lesson?

(1c) How does your lesson objective connect to prior lessons and future learning expectations?
(1c) What do you want students to know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
(1d) What resources will you utilize to enhance this lesson? How will these instructional resources help you achieve the learning goals for the lesson?
(1e) Describe the structure of your lesson. How do you use the materials, methods, and activities to differentiate instruction for students to achieve the learning outcomes?
How will you actively engage ALL students in the learning process?

Describe and explain the various groupings of students throughout the lesson.

(1f) What methods of assessment (formative/summative) will you use to determine whether ALL students have mastered the learning goals?
How will you use assessment data to plan for future instruction?

Is there anything else I need to know about the lesson?

Formative Evaluation/ Self-Assessment

There is a set of criteria from 1a-1f.
There is a rubic gauging these criteria from unsatisfactory-distinguished.
The principle goes over these criteria with the teacher in a conference and assesses their performance.
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Post Conference Questions

How would you describe today’s lesson?
(4a) What evidence is there that students did or did not learn the goals of the lesson?
(4a) What do samples of student work show about students’ levels of engagement and understanding during the lesson?
(4a) If you had the opportunity to work with the same students on this lesson again, what would you do the same? What would you do differently?
(4b) Please share your system for recording student assessment results.
(4b) Describe the system you have established to maintain your records of formative and summative assessments.
(4b/4c) How do you provide feedback on assessments for students and/or families? Share your record system to support that feedback.
(4b) What role do your students have in maintaining their own records of learning? How do your students determine their learning status from records and communicate this to their families?
(4c) How do you communicate with parents/guardians? How do they respond to your communications?
(4c) How do you address the concerns of parents/guardians during the school year?
(4c) Please describe the roles that families have in your classroom? What methods do you use to encourage family involvement?
(4c) How do your students participate in conversations with their families and with you, e.g., student led conferences?
(4d) How have you worked with colleagues on learning activities this year? Please describe some successes and areas for improvement for that collaboration.
(4d) What influence has your professional learning experience had on your instruction this year? Describe some specific examples of change resulting from professional learning.

Professional Growth Plan

There is a professional growth plan PowerPoint available online


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5th Blog Entry: Listening

Students will listen to a selection from Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals; afterwards the students will discuss what thoughts they had and will come up with a name for the  animal featured in that particular song.