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    Jesse commented on the post, What You Thought You Knew

    Whoops, I meant to say this:

    Dear Emily:

    I am interested in  your discussion post, “What You Thought You Knew,” because of both the form and content of your material. I think you’ve gotten at the heart of what Multimodality is all about, it seems. 

    One thing you included that stands out for me is the Men in Black clip as your motiv…Read More

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    Jesse commented on the post, What You Thought You Knew

    Hey Emily,

    Really cool stuff here! First off, I like how you’ve used the formatting that Marina incorporated in her original letter that we looked at. Secondly, and most importantly, this seems like a really solid unit plan. Getting students to use YouthVoices as a way to finalize their project seems like a great way to get them to start…Read More

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    Lesson Plan proposal: Using the “Thinking Interdependently” Habit of Mind to Play Music Better

    Dear Colleague, This summer, I participated in a professional learning experience with LUTE-STE(A)M at CUNY Lehman College. I learned a lot about frameworks of learning which promote computational thinking, student-driven success, and multimodal literacy. There was a lot to think about...

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    • Dear Jesse:

      I am delighted by your “Letter to Colleague,” “Lesson Plan proposal: Using the “Thinking Interdependently” Habits of Mind to Play Music Better,” because, as you, “I learned a lot about frameworks of learning which promote computational thinking, student-driven success, and multimodal literacy.” I loved that you recognized and understood that the Habits of Mind approach can be applied to any subject in the educational field; “I believe that this model can be applied quite effectively in music education.”

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “because the Habits of Mind system outlines a variety of metacognitive approaches and techniques useful for all types of learning, its implementation in ensemble playing has the potential to foster intentionality and systematic thought in application to any and every musical style.” I think your statement is completely true because, in our daily life situations, we can incorporate the habits of mind. In terms of music, musicians can extremely benefit from the implementation of the “Habits of Minds.” Another sentence that I appreciated was: “The students will be developing their own approach to learning a simple song.” This stood out for me because I believe that when educators allow the students to learn something in their own way, the students become more engaged in the activity.

      Have you seen this video: https://youtu.be/ftXOZ05SGiM I thought you might be interested in this because Dr. Costa and Dr. Kallick verbally explain the concept of thinking interdependently? To be honest, I didn’t quite understand this concept until I read your letter.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your ideas are so brilliant, and you focus on your students’ learning.

      • Hey Marlen,

        Thanks for your really nice reply on my proposal. I’m glad that you found it inspiring, and I’m glad that you agree that musicians can and should incorporate Habits of Mind into their creative activities. I could talk on and on about what it’s like to play with other musicians who DON’T use these habits (either consciously or unconsciously), but I’m not sure how much sense it would make. You might be better off just trying to witness it in a live performance somewhere.

        I’m also glad that you agree that it is the task of an educator to help students discover their own learning process. As a young student I’ve always had an aversion to teachers whom I didn’t trust were concerned with my taking ownership over my own understanding of the material. On the other hand, when I felt like particular instructors wanted me to take the reins and creatively assimilate the lessons, I always took to them with enthusiasm.

        Thanks for sending that video. I’m pretty sure that I understand the idea it is trying to communicate, and its approach is certainly very clear. My only objection is that I have never met a “ball hog”-type student who was convinced of the error of their ways by gentle and constructive criticism from their peers. On the other hand, I have witness students who might otherwise have exhibited anti-social and individualistic behavior be set up to behave much differently with the guidance of competent and caring teachers.

        We’ll be continuing to collaborate in our cohort throughout the year, so I will definitely let you know about the results of this proposal.

        Thanks again,

        Jesse

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