Monday, November 23, 2015

#SCFloods Writing Across the Curriculum - Written Literacy in Orchestra

#SCFloods Writing in Orchestra 
Writing Across the Curriculum



What are the students doing?  

7th and 8th grade orchestra students were given the task of composing an original SC Flood reflection composition (at least 8 measures long). They were also allowed to complete "program notes" about their composition for extra credit.   



What do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity?

My hope is that their creativity was able to "flow" and they were able to express their personal feelings and emotions about the flood through music.   

How did this activity tie to your standards?

SC Standard 2: The student will improvise, compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.
SC Standard 3: The student will read and notate music
SC Standard 6: The student will make connections between music and other arts disciplines, other content areas, and the world. 


How did this activity promote student learning?


Students were able to transfer all of the music theory symbols and skills we use on a daily basis to their compositions. They experimented with using different rhythms, time signatures, key signatures, composing for multiple instruments, dynamic markings, slurs, ties, tempo markings, etc.



Monday, November 16, 2015

Teacher Spotlight: Lara Schmitz, Career Development Facilitator

Teacher Spotlight: Lara Schmitz, Career Development Facilitator


This is a major day in the life of BMS as students are able to learn about tons of different careers.  Teachers and students alike look forward to the work Ms. Schmitz does to coordinate this day.

What are the students doing?  
Students are learning about the many different careers and the process of how to bridge their education to prepare them for the world of work.

What do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity?  
I hope they learn about themselves; what are their interests as it relates to a future career and how to begin planning for this long-term outcome by making short term attainable goals with their academic planning.

How did this activity tie to your standards?  
It ties into the standards by introducing students to the State of SC's recognized 16 Career Clusters.










How did this activity promote student learning?  

The career discovery process achieved through activities such as career day, in-class career guidance lessons and off campus filed studies, promotes learning by providing students the opportunity to explore self interests, gain new experiences and then connect them to careers, thus beginning their "Pathways to Success".



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