Inspired again by my Orff levels course this summer I came up with the simplest agenda I could think of. I needed to find a way to utilize an agenda this year and make it one that was not so finalized so that if a class goes off on a tangent or takes a bit longer to master a skill the agenda is not lost. One of my instructors emphasized making sure in a class period the kids get to sing, speak, move, and play. At first, I thought this unrealistic but as I created this agenda I realized that it could work!
My students are more focused on what they are learning because they know I will ask how we met our agenda goals and some of them are beginning to think outside of the box to make the activities we do fit those agenda items.
The goals of Reading and Creating I added to reflect what the normal routine is in my classroom; part of the warm-up is drilling through rhythm or pitch flashcards, and creating is for when students are composing or doing improvisation activities.
I use this poster for 5 minutes at the end of my class. My students must communicate to me how we sang, spoke, moved, read, played, and created during the class. In order to get their class points for the day that helps them earn a game or other fun day, they must get at least three of the boxes checked. I have used this to drive quick writes with my students that I can use as an exit ticket and as more opportunities for them to communicate with each other (with turn & talks) to help support language development for my ELLs.
This poster can be printed out using a poster printer and also on 11x17 paper. If you have any formatting issues please let me know.