Organization and Procedures
Assigning Recorders: I have a Promethean board. So, as soon as I get my class rosters in the fall I put the names of my students into a flip chart like this. I project it up on the wall. The number next to their name is their recorder number. Since being at my current school I have had a few classes larger depending on how the block rotation works, AND I am at a school with a high mobility rate….. So, keeping this chart as a flip chart is VERY handy. As we use the flip chart and as students move away, I can either write the corrections right on the board, or type them quickly. When my half-time co-teacher and I were both using recorders, it was easy to print out. At least for the beginning of the year, before I’ve got the class dynamics figured out, this chart also serves as a way to organize students into small groups for centers….. My favorite part is that everyone can see the chart, so it makes passing out recorders so much faster! It wasn’t long before my students had not just memorized their own numbers, but they also knew the everyone else’s.
Storing Recorders: THIS container is the perfect size for a class set of recorders. I tape the teachers name in book tape on the outside. My favorite part about these bins is how much faster students can put away their recorder when they just have to dump them in the box….. It means that we can keep playing for a little longer because the recorders are so easy to put away. I have two of these shelves. I keep ALL of 4th grade on these two shelves in the Sterilite containers. 5th grade fits in my Wenger cabinets.
|Sterilite 16 quart container|
|ClosetMaid 31″ Vertical Shelf|
Recorder Captains: I assign two or three students to serve as Recorder Captains. I’ve found that it is easier to work into a routine if the same students serve as captains for a longer period of time. The students who do this job get very fast.
Eternal Optimism – Things I hope to accomplish for the fall.
|3 inch shapes from Teacher Heaven
- I keep an entire class set in a sterilite container. In order to shave off some of the time it takes to pass our recorders out, I am considering placing sets of recorders (numbers 1-5, 6-10…..etc.) in gallon bags. Through our district warehouse I am able to get gallon bags that are slightly longer than ziplocs. IF the recorders in their pouches fit in the gallon bags, then I will tape each groups corresponding shape on the front for quick identification. If I am able to try this, then I’ll have 5–6 recorder captains and each captain will pass out 5-6 recorders. The more I think about that idea, the more I like it……
- I hope to add 9×12 envelopes labeled with shapes to keep our recorder music. I have a class set of method books, but often the pieces that we actually prepare for performance are from Music Express or Music K-8…. so I end up with lots of loose recorder music running around the room. If I add the envelopes, THEN it would be easier for students to find their music. Since we take notes on our recorder music, I think I like that idea…….