Entry #5

The candidate understands how to engage learners through interdisciplinary lessons that utilize concept based teaching and authentic learning experiences to engage students in effective communication, collaboration, outside resources, reading, technology, and in critical and creative thinking.

As a future music educator, I display the necessary skills to engage learners in interdisciplinary lessons that utilize concept-based teaching and authentic learning experiences to engage students in effective communication, collaboration, outside resources, reading, technology, and critical and creative thinking. The last two years of studying and Kansas State have given me many opportunities to develop a variety of lesson plans that meet each of these requirements collectively. For example, in my unit on Rumble on the High Plains by Michael Sweeney, students have two major opportunities to engage with the history and culture of Kansas through storyboarding and group research with reflection. I also created a unit involving technology as a supplementary tool for ensembles who may not have all of the required instruments to play most of the standard literature. In this lesson students work with their section to create the missing parts from the ensemble in garageband. Once parts are created and compiled, students can use the editing tools in the software to bring together the musical choices made as a group. My last lesson plan I wish to highlight gives 5th grade students an opportunity to sing a song in spanish about a tree frog in Costa Rica. In class, students learn about the meaning and importance of the tree frog, El Coqui, to the culture and environment in Costa Rica. 


Students will benefit from my lesson plans because I thoughtfully create my lessons and rehearsals with the students' entire education in mind. Lessons are centered around creativity and cross-curricular connection where students can develop new understandings of topics from history, culture, and art.  Students will discover how each of these subjects inform another and how they contribute to our society, culture, and the legacy we leave.

 
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