I am going to be honest: I have felt pretty helpless as my former colleagues are planning, worrying, buying, and collaborating to prepare for.....well, "How long will we be in the building?" "How long will we be virtual?" "How do I keep kids at a distance?"        It's not much, but I decided to provide a tip Meme of the Day on my Facebook page , Instagram,  and Twitter.  However, I started realizing that having all those memes in one place might be nice, so this post will house the memes and the thinking behind them. Use SeeSaw or another video platform to sing your morning song to your kids. As teachers, we know how crucial routine is to our students. One of the biggest debates on school versus virtual is getting students back on a regular schedule. There is good and not so good on both sides. But, if you are going virtual, there is no reason why you cannot continue a morning song or teach a new one. SeeSaw has video capabilities to allow you...
(Disclaimer: I am a SeeSaw Ambassador, but I am not employed by the company. I just love it!) Educators are having a difficult time planning for distance learning. If they start at school, they have to worry about distancing and the possibility of having to suddenly teach from home again. And, obviously, music is performance-based. How do you assess singing and possibly playing? It can't take the place of consistent musicking together, but SeeSaw online portfolio  can make it a little easier. The platform makes it easy to go from school teaching to home teaching. Students can still sit apart and work collaboratively with peer assessments. Teachers can keep up with students with computer or phone. And parents can be involved while their child is at school by being able to check their portfolio. When I was teaching,  I absolutely loved to use SeeSaw. I'd set up "recording studios" with ceiling canopies or gym mats so pairs of students could help each other with recorder...
As owner of Dr. Stafford's Musical Cures , I support Black Lives Matter and stands in solidarity with Black friends, colleagues, students and loved ones. The treatment of Black people in relation to white people is a travesty. I am is dedicated to providing resources and information on racism and recognizing the white privilege with which I live. Additionally, I pledge to help fight against any police brutality, support officers who are making a positive difference. As a member of AOSA  , OAKE , and NAfME, I also stand by their pledges to support their Black members. And I will continue to provide resources and information on teaching music, a way to help the world heal. A Little Bit about White Privilege and Teaching In the midst of a pandemic, learning online teaching, figuring out where to get masks, whether not we listen to the advice of the CDC, WHO, or our friends' memes..........amid all that confusion......... A man was killed. Maybe he passed a counterfeit bill. May...