Emily Blinn
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United States - Colorado - Denver
Emily Blinn
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The biggest challenge I have is how to teach time signature to my students. My school is strictly standards-based. In Colorado, the state standards set the expectation that the process of learning time signature begin in 3rd grade (CAS.3.3.1.c -
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Typically in 5th grade I introduce my students to opera music and when I begin to work with them on strengthening their voices. I like them to be aware of their limits with their voices so they don't over-extend their voices especially since for
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To accompany my PowerPoint and sorting activities on dynamics, I needed a way to assess my students. Students used this worksheet with a partner and then I revisited this worksheet a few weeks later after I had worked with my students more on
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This is a template I use with my students to compare and contrast different versions/covers of the same songs (i.e. Hound Dog and popular big band, rock and roll, and jazz music). I designed this specifically for middle school students but it can
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Use these cards to help students review and arrange the different dynamic markings from loudest to softest or softest to loudest. I write the meanings on the back of each bar in case the students need to recall the meaning. For my ELL students I
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Use this PowerPoint for showing students the difference between the basic dynamic markings. The Colorado state music standards have students starting to use the vocabulary for dynamics earlier than I prefer to teach but taking a risk I used this
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What do you do when picture day is held in the auditorium and the auditorium is also your classroom which means you have to travel around to classrooms that day? And THEN your principal asks you to try to be in EVERY classroom group picture?!?!
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**New backgrounds to make the graphics easier to see!** As always, if there are any issues with the new formatting please let me know. I saw and read various versions on how to create a lesson out of this song and have compiled a bunch of
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Another fun color by note activity for St. Patrick's Day. There is a lot to color on this one so it may be best suited for 2nd and 3rd grade but my 1st graders managed to complete this worksheet with no problems Great activity for when students
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I love "singing stories" with my kindergarten and first grade students, and by the time my students come to me in kinder or first grade thanks to our awesome ECE teacher they already know the story so our focus can be on singing solfege and creating
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New updated file! Hopefully the formatting problem is fixed Vocabulary included in this Anchor Chart: Tempo - Beat - Melody - Note - Phrase - Rhythm - Solo - Pitch - Form - Diction - Duet - Ostinato - Rehearse - Syncopation - Verse - Chorus - Tone
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I love using PowerPoints for my elementary students. It helps students with different learning styles access the content and also helps my ELL students learn the content even if they do not yet feel confident in using language just yet. Coming
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This animated PowerPoint has been a hit with my second graders who are learning about the westward expansion in their social studies class. The love the song and also seeing images of the plains where the pioneers would have traveled. The
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My third graders are getting ready to study American history and I decided to plan a patriotic unit. 'America the Beautiful' is the first of many sing-along PowerPoints I am making for the unit. I like to teach songs with multiple verses.
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One of the first posters I made as a teacher was my S.T.A.R.S. poster. I didn't break it out until the end of the school year after my students had a full year of music. It's that time of year again and I have students ready to take a stab at
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This year I revived my unit on recorder. I was waiting for my more advanced group of students to reach 5th grade before attempting the recorder again. The result was a very mixed barrel of skills but showed me a lot about where each of them are in
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I use this with my kindergarten classes and my first graders who surprised me by learning, remembering, and performing dynamics correctly from pp - ff! Every spring the kindergartners plant a garden and I like to tie in songs about gardening.
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If you use Illuminate for assessments, this may be the collection of quizzes for you! My school recently started using Illuminate (https://www.illuminateed.com/) for report cards and I wanted to utilize it to its fullest in progress monitoring my
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I use this with my elementary students from grades K-4 to practice writing notes, taking rhythmic dictation, and writing their own rhythm compositions. Included are 4/4, 2/4, 3/4, and 6/8 time signatures. 4/4 and 3/4 are modified with a quarter
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Another Raffi song that tied so well with what my kindergarten students are working on in their classroom. Every spring they plant a garden and I was so excited to teach then on the rotation where they were working hard on their garden so they
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching music for 9 years at high achieving charter schools in Denver, CO in low income communities with a population of 80% or more students who are classified as ELL (English Language Learners). I've worked hard at making music class more ESL friendly. While getting my Master's as a music teacher I never heard much about how to teach to English language learners. With the help of graduate classes at the University of Colorado I have begun developing materials that are ELL friendly. Recently I completed Level 1 training with the World Music Drumming curriculum and will be pursuing my Level I Orff certification this summer.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I emphasize mastery of all musical skills (don't just know a quarter note is a quarter note, tell me how a quarter note works). My students understand why music is an essential subject to know and believe that they can be successful in my class if they work hard. In addition to musical performance, my middle school students normally have a unit focused on music history from classical music to hip-hop. These units bridge social studies and music; I believe it is important for my students to know the stories behind what they are learning how to play. My style is a hybrid of different music methods from Kodaly, Orff, and my own personal experiences in formal orchestra and band settings. I work to keep music fun but also keeping the bar high what my students are expected to accomplish in a school year I have experience teaching in the KIPP schools so in addition to high expectations for academics and character, I keep with me the lessons I learned from KIPP to create a culture of support and respect in the classroom. My students know coming into my class what is expected for their hard work and behavior, the result, successful learning and lots of fun!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

None for teaching yet, but if I count the endless cards and drawings I get from my students I'd say I'm doing a pretty good job at what I'm doing.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

High School Diploma: Albuquerque Academy, 2002 Bachelors of Arts: General Music with a Conducting Emphasis, Scripps College, 2006 Master of Arts: Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Urban Education, University of Denver, 2008 License Endorsements: K-12 Music, LDE (Linguistically Diverse Education Familiar with Core Knowledge Program and the KIPP culture

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I'm slowly becoming blog savvy. Feel free to check or follow my blog for perspectives on teaching music in an urban/charter school setting http://urbanmusiced.blogspot.com/

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