As teachers we are always looking for items that can serve more than one purpose.
One year I had a particularly *challenging* group of 5th graders. I’m sure you can all relate to that… 🙂 We were starting a drum piece and I needed to have the classroom expectations CLEARLY outlined. I decided to start the unit by using these paper tubanos:
I brought these out and started the lesson. As I saw children playing the rhythms correctly I swapped out the paper tubano for a “real” tubano or drum. It was ASTOUNDING how fast this group picked up the rhythm after I started swapping out papers! Pretty soon the whole class was playing away on the drums! When students got too *excited* (read: rough or out of control of their little bodies) I swapped out the tubano for a paper tubano. All it takes is one students to swap out and there are no more behavior issues.
This works two ways:
- The students can practice without being too loud in the room (this is important to your ears).
- It’s an embedded classroom management strategy that works
I also implemented something similar with the xylophones:
- Students can practice on the paper while their partner plays the part (if they must share instruments)
- Students who have a difficult time controlling their bodies can practice on the paper until they regain control.
Email me, Michelle Berra at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions!