Schools are always striving to be innovative in educational technology, curricula, teaching techniques, classroom management, behavior plans, and more, but it’s rare for a school to create innovation through architecture. Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka describes a kindergarten school building that he designed in his 2013 TED Talk entitled “Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen,” in which architectural decisions were based on the kind of learning environment they would create.
For a little over a year, I have had the privilege of being a blogger for Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Music for Learning website. Unfortunately, this blog has been neglected during that time as a result. I’ll start posting my Music for Learning articles here, but I encourage any music educators to check out the site for the many other great (and free!) teaching resources. My personal favorites are Audio Backpack and Class Notes Videos.
Class Dojo is a behavior management system that tracks behavior, motivates students, and instantly connects with parents. It’s very simple, but very effective. I feel compelled to share my experience with Class Dojo with all teachers now, as it has changed my life as a teacher in the few weeks since I came across it while perusing the iTunes app store.