I love being a specialist teacher. It feels great being able to focus on being an `expert’ at one thing* and teaching that, rather than trying to think about all the different domains. I mean, sure my music lessons are filled with maths, English, history and science knowledge and skills, because those things are inseparable from music, but basically I teach Music.
The one drawback is that, as THE `performing arts’ teacher at two small Primary Schools I don’t explicitly have teammates to work with when planning lessons or finding and creating resources. Thankfully, one of my principals is an ex-Music teacher, and she’s been wonderful to talk with about my teaching practice. Plus, as an occasional subcontracted Teaching Artists for the Song Room, I do have access to some other great music teachers and their ideas.
And today I remembered about this wonderful thing called `the internet’ where heaps of other music teaching specialists sometimes hang out and post cool stuff. Including, in the past!
Here are a bunch of inspiring charts that this awesome teacher, Cara, made a while back. You should totally get on her `Teachers pay Teachers’ page and buy them.
* or in my case now, two things, since I’m also teaching drama as a distinct subject at one school this year. Although, I’ve always incorporated other performing arts skills (drama/dance) in my music lessons anyway.
So, I absolutely LOVE the anchor charts I’ve been seeing on blogs and on Pinterest. Apparently, anchor charts are supposed to be minimalistic so as not to confuse the children with extra information and art. Oops! I guess I can’t call these anchor charts but I’m pretty proud of my work.
They are small because it only costs $1 each to print them at Office Max. Plus, I wouldn’t have room for 11 enormous posters.
Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Variations of these posters are now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store