We are in the midst of a shift in how we as educators look at assessment and grades in the classroom (Educational Leadership Article by Patricia Scriffiny). The band class has always used a certain level of standards which continue to apply complexity as students become more proficient in particular concepts. The challenge is to build a deeper level of understanding and performance within the exercises being studied and the music being performed. How do we as music educators create tangible and practical opportunities for our students to build this depth?
I am working towards creating a tangible tool for students to use on a daily basis that focuses on self-assessment, standards, and concepts being covered in class. My level of understanding pertaining to this topic is at approx a 3 out of 5. I know what students are to learn, but my challenge is to create a link between daily activity in band and the broader picture of what standards are being accomplished. I also what to create a progressive path for students to recognize where they are succeeding and where more work is needed. I hope to keep it simple and keep it concise.
Onward we go...
"What is Genius Hour?" - Chris Kesler