Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Accommodations booked ✅
Transportation arranged ✅
Family and Pets covered ✅
I was off to the Arizona Music Educators’ annual state conference! I am practicing core Proposition 5: Teachers are members of learning communities.
For various reasons, this is only the second time in four years that I have attended this conference. Just like the first time I went, I learned a lot in the sessions, had conversations with talented and energetic music teachers, and came home with new ideas and renewed energy for my classroom.
I am NOT an extrovert. I do not engage in small talk well, and I HATE “working” a room. What I do enjoy is conversations with individuals and small groups about topics that are important to me. Why and how to teach music to children, advocate for programs, and navigate budgets are some of those topics. I also had the opportunity to present a session on National Board Certification this year. My session was slated for 4:30 pm on the last day of the conference. I can assure you all of the teachers in the room embody Core Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning!
Here are some of the highlights of attending the conference:
- Spending time will colleagues from my district that I don’t see often
- Eating at great local restaurants (not something that’s abundant in my small remote town)
- Meeting educators that have left the classroom and ventured into the world of providing professional development.
- Learning about a completely online music education conference and being invited to submit a proposal for a “session”
- Being introduced to the Feierabend Kodaly sequence
- brainstorming ideas for improving general music in my local district.
- learning about Title IV funding
- Sharing with other music educators about National Board certification
- Being asked to submit an article to the AZ Music Ed news about National Board certification
I’ve had a couple of days to reflect on the conference. I am making a plan for how to move forward. Here is what I have done already:
- I made contact with my district point person to dig into Title IV funding.
- Planted seeds to collaborate with general music teachers in my district that didn’t attend the conference to put together a scope and sequence for everyone to follow.
- implemented three activities in my classroom that I learned at sessions
It’s been an action-packed week! I’m energized and focused. Ready to push through the 3rd quarter of school and into the end of the school year.
The Celebration of Accomplished Teaching is this weekend. I’m not attending this year, but last year I was part of the team that transformed the ballroom into a red carpet venue to honor Arizona’s new and renewed National Board-certified teachers. I love the energy in that event. Hundreds of amazing educators in one room, looking like the rock stars they are, celebrating the highest accomplishment a teacher can earn.
The Teacher Leadership Institute is fast approaching. In Tucson on June 15-17, more amazing educators will gather to deep dive into elevating student voice. I hear that registration is filling fast, so register now to be part of this great event. (insider tip: the food and office supplies are amazing too)
What are some ways that you keep your irons sharpened?
What events do you look forward to regularly?
Which ones have been milestones in your teaching career?
Which ones are still on your list to attend?
I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can offer our students is to practice life long learning.
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