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    This lesson plan was really. It was organized and clear. The way you high-lighted the different sections was really good. It helped to separate every single part you were talking about. I like how you connected this activity into teaching history. One sentence you stated that stuck out to me was when you stated ” I believe…Read More

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    Dear Crystal

    You did such a great job on writing your proposal. It was very clear, organized and understandable. I think the incorporating the activity ” all about me” is a great. One sentence that stuck out to me was when you stated ” The students will be given different options to choose from. For example, they can draw a picture,…Read More

  • Dear Marina

    Thank you so much for you kind and encouraging words. I will definitely check out the article. I want my students to have a great a great experience and not limit themselves in what they can do. My hope for them is to combine technology with the way music is taught to to help my students succeed in life. Thank you so much…Read More

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    Old Mixed With The New!

    Dear Mrs. Jacano: Over the summer, I participated in a profession learning experience with LUTE-STEM at Lehman College. I learned a great deal about online programs that can help students such as Scatch, Youth Voices, NowComment, and Kumospace.  There was a lot to think...

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    • Dear Branden:

      I am interested in your proposal, “Old Mixed with the New,” because I am a big fan of setting up virtual learning spaces for students. Although they take time to design, teach, and learn, the payoff is worth it for both you and your learners!

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I’d like to focus on how to incorporate Kumo Space into our teaching because I believe it will help us to connect and help our students.” I agree with you that online community centers can support educators in getting to know their students. Although developing relationships in online settings can be difficult, the educator’s design and steps to welcome and nurture comfort and engagement in a virtual space are game changers. With all the forms of interactivity and opportunities for multi-modality in Kumospace, I think you have selected an ideal platform to host your lesson proposal.

      Another sentence that I resonate with is “When the students complete this activity, they will have made progress on these two standards, which are students’ learning and building relationships with one another and learning new techniques that can help them become better musicians.” This stood out to me because you have framed this experience to support the growth of many skills that will benefit students. Not only that, but you are also offering them the agency to make decisions about how to use the space when class is out of session and when they have collaborative tasks to work on. Recently, I went to an episode of TTT (Teachers Teaching Teachers). A teacher from California shared how she also invites her learners to help design the Kumospace floor. That could be another fun and team building experience to help the students build relationships while thinking through a music lens.

       Have you seen this article on NAMLE (National Association of Music Education? It is called “Seven Benefits of Distance Learning to Consider.” I thought you might be interested in this because the author identified several positives that emerge when using a virtual space for music instruction. Some of those benefits match up with your objectives. For example, you indicated that you want this experience to foster relationships, and the author feels that in an online setting, music collaboration can be more productive. In fact, he states, “In person, students are more likely to get sidetracked, the slacker is more easily distracted, and the overachiever tries to take over. It’s like a typical garage band rehearsal. Observing students work together online, though, they seem more goal-oriented and don’t get sidetracked as much. Because music collaborations online almost always involve a recording, even the slacker feels the need to produce. The permanence of a recording motivates.” He shares a wealth of information based on his experience that I thought was very interesting as a non-music teacher. I am curious to see if you will have some of the same thoughts before, during, and after you introduce the Kumospace as a center for learning.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing how your experience goes and how the students respond to the Kumospace experience. I expect you will have a positive response! Enjoy!

      Marina

      • Dear Marina

        Thank you so much for you kind and encouraging words. I will definitely check out the article. I want my students to have a great a great experience and not limit themselves in what they can do. My hope for them is to combine technology with the way music is taught to to help my students succeed in life. Thank you so much again for your comment.

  • Dear Emily

    You did a amazing job describing Amelia. I feel as though I know her and I never met her. She seems to be very independent and has a love for reading books which is amazing. one sentence that caught my attention was when you stated “but she still refused to adjust her speaking pace until her father told her that she spoke too quickly…Read More

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