This year of teaching was a heck of a year, but the first thing I teach every year is the welcome song I do with my kindergarten students. Here's a recorded example I made for a guest teacher in October of this school year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_nOYFHlBcY Hello Song and Intro YouTube video made for guest teacher, … Continue reading Hello There, and Then Goodbyes
Let’s Get Some Context. I was accepted to Michigan State University’s Master’s in Educational Technology program almost exactly three years after I took my first class in user experience design (UXD). I know because I found the original Instagram post I made from a “take a picture of something that makes you happy every day” … Continue reading Design Thinking Impressions
Introduction I accepted my first teaching job three years ago as an itinerant music teacher. Our district has gone through a lot of changes in staffing, funding, and schedules over that time. Itinerants teach at different buildings throughout the day, starting in one building, traveling during the work day, and ending at a different building. … Continue reading Supporting Itinerant Music Teachers Through Design Thinking
My specific problem is that itinerant general music teachers are feeling unsupported in their transient positions. Going through the design process, there are several steps: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. This shows my prototype handbook to solve the problem going through the testing phase. https://youtu.be/RHpWpbTMdt8 Due to the testing happening during social isolation for … Continue reading Testing…now with video!
Testing became a more difficult process to implement than I had expected. My original testing plan included bringing copies of the handbook to my PLC: a group of seven teachers of varied experience levels, many who have been an itinerant before. I would give them time to review on their own and then come together … Continue reading Testing, 1, 2, 3!
After all the brainstorming, it was time to create something. I decided to go with the option that I knew I would be able to complete in the given time frame (and with my level of ability to effect change in my district): an itinerant elementary music teacher handbook. As a new teacher in my … Continue reading Creating a Prototype
I originally wanted to reflect on “things that don’t add up”, focusing on how right now we are told to be healthy we need to stay inside. During this time away from school I’m staying at my husband’s apartment rather than my own so I didn’t have the supplies that I wanted to do this. … Continue reading Connecting All the Dots
As I continue to think about my problem of practice, I have taken some time over the past week to let my brain run wild on its own, and with some familiar faces. I kept an idea journal of sorts in Google Keep for a few days to help gather some thoughts I have while … Continue reading Braining up a Storm…
Ideation has a lot of wiggle room in it...including taking time for yourself. Sometimes that even helps us produce better ideas! So when it was time to move on to the ideation phase of design, I was looking forward to it. I started with taking some quick notes about how I was thinking about the … Continue reading In a World of Pure Ideation!
My problem of practice that I have been focusing on for design purposes is...Itinerant music teachers are struggling to teach successful lessons. Our district is increasing population steadily and requires each class to have two 50-minute music classes a week. With the number of classes in each elementary building, they need more than one dedicated … Continue reading So Here’s the Problem…