As I transformed into an Orff-based teacher I found that most of the templates that my school administrators wanted me to use did not fit well with the process. Not every class ends in assessment, some objectives take a day or two to master, I don't use exit tickets all the time, and so on. I was fortunate enough to have instructional coaches who were open to me modifying the planning templates to fit my style of teaching but still emphasizing the different steps an effective lesson should have.
So with that, I began tweaking to make it work for I stumbled through many different formats for about two years. I found myself week after week re-writing lessons for songs and units that I teach in the same way (with small modifications) every time. When I had to start submitting lesson plans I found my time taken up again re-writing processes that I do over and over.
Last summer I sat down and wrote out detailed lessons for as many songs, dances, and units that I could. I utilize this template with a calendar that has simple notes such as "Singing in Rounds Day 4" and would send the plans for each activity and the calendar to my instructional coach so when I was observed they knew what I was working on. If a class was taking more or less time on an activity I would change the calendar and send it to my coach. Such a time saver!
This template is also a great way to compile activities that fall into certain themes or units (i.e. international music, rounds, African music, etc.). When I am putting a unit together I simply copy and paste the activity into the unit in the order that the activities are introduced
In the template, I give a summary of what I normally include in each step. I intentionally took out Independent Practice as its own individual step because sometimes I have it, sometimes I do not, or sometimes it goes hand in hand with the guided practice or assessment.
This is an editable document; feel free to duplicate, add, delete and color-code to your heart’s content! That I will update periodically so be sure to check back for updates!
General Music Activity Planning Template
by Emily Blinn
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