One of the most helpful strategies to develop as an elementary music teacher is to create a plan for yearly growth and a checklist of goals. Taking time to create such a plan establishes an “aim” for your development, and as they say, “You can’t hit a target you can’t see”. The following are excerpts from my development plan and goals that you can use for yourself if you please.
Some of the things listed are staples of my classroom system and some of them seem like distant dreams, but the point is that I have a list that reminds me of what to aim for to improve. Also, by no means is this an exhaustive list, I encourage you to share your own ideas so that others, and myself can have more ideas for improvement.
(I like to start with a result, this, ultimately, is how I want the year to go. It’s a vision for the year, of sorts.)
Result- A year of phenomenal music education for my elementary music program including an increase in musical knowledge based on the District curriculum and the 7 Key Outcomes of Elementary Musicianship. This includes multiple quality musical performances, music hosted field trips and musical experiences, and an abiding sense of joy and excitement, for my students and myself, about participating in the school music program such that all of these increases produce massive growth for my students and myself.
(This is my “Why” for getting up each day to teach. I don’t know about you but some days it can be hard to get up and give my all and these are the most important times to remember my purpose.)
Purpose- I will achieve the above result because I am committed to the life of every student regardless of who they are or how they behave. Every student has a need to grow, and to contribute to something greater than his or herself, and I will provide ample opportunity for them to do so. I also know each student is looking to belong and be significant and the elementary music program provides a backdrop for each student to do so. The elementary music program will provide a sense of certainty for each student to know that they can have an enjoyable time exploring music and a variety of lessons and activities so that they will have interest and anticipate what’s coming next.
Massive Action Plan
(This is essentially a list of goals. Some may be met, others may be in reach, and still others may seem far off, however; it is useful to have a running list to review. The plan is broken into several catagories ranging from classroom management to plans for performances for the year.)
Massive Action Plan-
This is by no means an exhaustive list of goals that could help improve your music program. Please share any strategies or goals that you are aiming for below!