About Me

I am a certified Orff-Schulwerk elementary music teacher, teaching in an urban school. I switched from secondary to elementary music teaching in 2006 and it's been the best move (not financially! ) of my career. If you want to have major impact on students concerning music education, elementary is where it is happening. Disclaimer: The topics in my blog do not necessarily reflect what is happening in my current teaching position or with my current students, administration etc. I have a long teaching history and may chose to deal with an element or problem that I have witnessed or experienced in a previous school or have seen being dealt with by other teachers I have encountered...so there!

Browsing Archive: July, 2013

New Flipped Classroom Section

Posted by The Orffsite Webmaster on Wednesday, July 17, 2013,
Just a quick note to let you know that I've created a Flipped Classroom page on Orffsite.com. This is where I will be posting some short elementary music and, mostly, Orff related videos, podcasts, slide shows etc, that would be suitable for my, or your, school classroom website. You can find it on the site links above, or just click below. I start with a cheesy video describing how students should take bars off their Orff Instruments.

Flipped Classroom
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Six Comments that Tell You the Parent Conference is Over

Posted by The Orffsite Webmaster on Tuesday, July 16, 2013,
Before having a face to face meeting with a parent(s) there are some things you want to make certain you've done.
1. You have attempted to resolve the issue over the phone. Notice I said phone and not email. Emailing is a losing strategy for anything more than a simple response. The phone is better unless the caller becomes agitated, belittling or threatening.
2.  Have all documentation and make certain you have followed your school/districts policies concerning parent notification and discipli...

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