Category Archives: classroom management

Cyndee Giebler workshop 9/17/16

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Saturday, September 17, 2016   9:00a.m.   to 1:00p.m. (8:30 breakfast)

Location: David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center

15000 Bay Vista Boulevard, North Miami, Florida 33181

Cyndee Giebler lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and  completed her master’s degree at the University of St.Thomas in St.Paul, Minn. She completed all three Orff Levels at the University of St. Thomas and has taken master classes with Steve Calantropio and Richard Gill. She has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional , and national converntions. Cyndee teaches Level II at the Uarts/Villanova University Summer Music Masters Program in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom, chorus and elementary strings.

Sing, Dance, Play at our next workshop called “Mining the Volumes”.  Cyndee  will be touching on the many wonderful treasures that  our traditional  MUSIC FOR CHILDREN  volumes contain.  Bring your recorder, and a spirit of adventure as we go mining for musical gems. Your students will love creating master pieces from these music selections that you will bring back to your school.

Cost: $30 for 1 workshop, OR $55 for yearly membership (4 workshops)

Please RSVP to Claudia Lusararian at

Great Classroom Management Tool

I was looking around pinterest and found this:

Stop what you’re doing. Walk over and hand this to a child instead of yelling across the classroom. Great idea for classroom management without disrupting the whole class! With picture cues for the firsties.

Stop what you’re doing. Walk over and hand this to a child instead of yelling across the classroom. Great idea for classroom management without disrupting the whole class! With picture cues for young children and ELL students.

How awesome is this? Usually, the distracting behavior is done by a student who wants attention. By giving them a card without drawing additional attention to them or their behavior, it empowers the students to make a better choice and doesn’t distract other students.

I can’t wait to make them!

Teaching Children How to Listen

I came across this great poster at  This is a wonderful way to teach students how to listen! So many times we say, “listen,” but we forget that children need to be taught how to listen.


I like to use this in my classroom with my little ones as I see good listening behaviors. For instance, “the first row is showing me that they understand that a good listener listens with their eyes because they are all looking at me.”  Reminders like that, given throughout the class, are great cues for the students and creates a positive classroom climate.

Do you use this? Do you use something similar to this? 

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A’s of Audience Behavior

I saw this great poster floating around on Pinterest.  The pin I re-pinned didn’t link to the author so I don’t know where this came from but it’s great!

4A's of the Audience - a quick and simple way to remind the kids how to act during a concert or classroom presentation.

Do you have any cute ideas for audience behavior? I know we all need them!

Find a “Spot!”

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you want the children to find a “spot” in self-space. Or you might have little children who need a gentle reminder about what constitutions “their” space.

Enter: this great idea!

Placemats used as "spots" for circle time.

You can visit and read about how this teacher uses these in her class to keep things organized and safe!

Have you used something like this before? I’ve used carpet squares that were left over from carpet stores or home depot but sometimes they are hard to find. This seems like a much better idea! How else could you use these in your classroom?

Assessment with a Line-up Song!

If you head over to you can see this great Line-up song!

Line-Up Song

Mrs. Dennis (the author of the blog) teaches you how to use this song in your classroom to assess tempo, dynamics, melody, harmony, timbre, and rhythm!

Do you have a song like this? Have you used other line-up songs to assess musical skills?

Friday Fun!

How cute is this idea?

It’s a “rest area.” I think it’s so much more positive than a “time out” or some other negative thing. We know that when children make choices that are not helpful to themselves or others, it’s usually a reaction out of impulse.  A rest area is a kind way to teach children to take a break when they get reactive and impulsive, instead of a “punishment.”

What a clever idea!