July 2012

In our last issue, we took a look at Educating the New Musician and were thrilled to be able to share so many great new approaches and techniques that can be used with today’s students. As we look forward to the start of the school year in a couple of months, we thought it was time to turn the tables. We hope that our July 2012 issue, Educating the New Educator, gives you an opportunity to engage in self-reflection and consider the different ways in which you can learn and grow as an educator, a musician, and a person.

One important aspect of Educating the New Educator is being proactive when it comes to bettering yourself as a teacher, and our goal for this issue was to provide interesting stories, ideas, and dreams that put a fresh perspective on professional development and encourage you to continually improve your own teaching. Of course, “professional development” can be found anywhere; the great thing about education is that learning opportunities are everywhere!

We know that no matter how long you have been teaching, you’ll find something in this issue that inspires you to continue doing what you love and loving what you do. Of course, leave comments on articles and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


The Power of Reflection and Assessment

Getting In Touch With My Inner Beginner
Beth Varela

A Journey of Self-Reflection: Pursuing National Board Teacher Certification
Abigail Van Klompenberg

Personalized Professional Development: Using Student Input to Guide Self-Assessment
Caitlin McGovern

‎Relentlessly Learning: Solid Advice from My Mentors
Matthew Bufis

Growth Through Data & Fact-Finding

Using Data to Increase Enrollment and Diversity in Music Education
Drew Russell

Learning Across Subjects

Grad School, Big Dreams, and Little Ideas: Cross-curricular Learning and “Yuke’s Ukes”
Polly Yukevich

The Cooperating Teacher and the Student Teacher

Developing Professionals: Facilitating Agency and Reflection for Student Teachers
Jerald Shelato

Tips for Student Teachers from Former Student Teachers
Nick Jaworski

Conferences: Development on the Road

From Workshops to Cheesecake: 10 Reasons Why College Students Should Attend Conferences
Lindsay Morelli

Taking an Active Approach to Conference Participation and Professional Development
Brandon Haskett

Learning through Sharing: Reflecting on My First Presentation
Andrew Ritenour

Learning Online

Getting Motivated Through Music Ed Motivation Day (#musedmot)
Catie Dwinal

The Value of a PLN For New Music Educators
Julie Manfredi

The Facebook Music PLN: Connecting Music Educators Though Social Media
Joe Pisano

Online Learning Tools for the Music Educator: Making the Most of Your Time Online
Emmett O’Leary

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One Response to July 2012

  1. Eric says:

    Hi! You know what would be great? A section dedicated to Charter Schools and/or a section dedicated to inner city/urban education. If there’s still room for an editor or writer in that capacity I would be interested. When I click on a topic most of the picture show happy and sunny white kids playing Ukes or whistling ‘Dixie’, unfortunately that’s just not the reality across the board. General Music education, in schools that have crazy student/teacher turnover, no money, busted instruments and no curriculum would/could benefit from the visionaries on this site.

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