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Lesson Planning Made Awesome!



Lesson planning can be very complicated and maddening for general music teachers. There are so many different (yet valid) ideas on which concepts are most important to teach, what concepts to teach in which grade, and how to teach those concepts. Then there's the whole problem of trying to juggle so many different grade levels' lesson plans at once, and how to keep track of all of those plans once you've made them. How do you keep track of that awesome lesson once you've taught it so you don't forget it next year? 


I'm a little weird. Actually I'm weird in a lot of different ways but let's just focus on one aspect of my weirdness right now: I LOVE lesson planning. Yep. Ever since my student teaching days, lesson planning, in all its forms, has been one of my passions.

That's why I'm so excited to share this free email series with you! 

Do you struggle with:

  • Figuring out what to teach when
  • Finding lessons to teach the concepts and skills you want to cover
  • Recording your lesson plans efficiently and effectively so you don't have to re-invent the wheel every year?

This email series includes:

  • Five emails sent straight to your inbox, each one focused on one particular aspect of lesson planning: 
    • Scope and sequence
    • Year-long plans
    • Lesson ideas to teach each concept
    • Efficient and effective weekly lesson planning
    • Pulling it all together
  • Step-by-step directions, tips, and strategies for each aspect of lesson planning
  • A free download in each email to help you get started with each aspect

Are you ready to take your lesson planning to the next level and make your teaching even more effective for the students you serve? 

Sign up below and check your inbox for the first email (check your "spam" folder if it doesn't show up), and let's get started making lesson planning more awesome!


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16 comments :

  1. Although I am retiring, you are so organized and wonderful in your lesson planning, I want to leave something great for the next music teacher. I may even purchase your curriculum for them.

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    1. Congratulations on your retirement, and how awesome of you to do so much to help make the transition as smooth as possible for your successor!!! Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help with that!

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  2. Going into my first year of teaching and just discovered you and your resources! I bought the planner and am researching through your blogs. SO very helpful!! Thanks for putting this out there!!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that you've found the resources helpful!! Thanks so much for saying that!

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  3. I have to agree - I think you are wonderful. I am becoming Music teacher next year at my primary school in the UK teaching nursery - year 6. It’s a bit daunting as I don’t multitask that well and being organised is essential for me. All your posts and resources are so ‘to the point’ and extremely helpful. I have got so many ideas from you. Thank you so much. Ps in other unrelated news....I have twins too :) aren’t they the best?

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    1. Thank you so much for saying that- I'm so glad I've been able to help! And yay another twin mom! :)

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  4. First year teacher here and I stumbled across your blog on Pinterest while trying to come up with fun yet learning activities and also some tips on classroom control. Your stuff is AMAZING! Thanks so much for all your great ideas.

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    1. I am SO glad to hear that you've found my content helpful! The first year is tough. There's so much to think about! Please email me any time with questions or just to chat, I love talking with other music teachers! :) Thank you so much for your message. You truly made my day :)

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  5. Thank you so much for your help. This is my second year and I’m still struggling what to teach for upper graders.

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    1. Figuring out what to teach, especially with the upper grades, is not easy! This lesson planning course will definitely help with that, and I'm happy to answer questions and support you as you go through the process as well, so please email me any time!

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  6. I teach K-5 General Music and although I have been teaching for 3 years, I still feel like I can always improve on my organizing skills and enjoy your blog - so helpful! I look forward to learning more about how you organize your lessons for long range planning.

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    1. Thanks so much for signing up- I hope you find it helpful! Keep an eye on your inbox and happy planning :)

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  7. I have signed up for the lesson planning email course but I can't find it to print out. It's on my phone but I want to see it on the computer.

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    1. Hi! I'm not sure why it would show up on your phone but not your computer. If you email me at caldwell.organized.chaos@gmail.com I'll try to help you out!

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  8. Hello! I am in my first year of teaching K-3rd music. I also just finished college so that I can finally get my official teaching license (I have been teaching with a restricted teaching license). I have tried to connect virtually with all of my 9 classrooms since March which only caused frustration. I teach in a small rural district and feel somewhat on my own in the music world. My district wants me to produce a calendar of music activities (one per day which would include all grades) that students can do at home, especially without internet. It is hard to draft a musical activity in a small space (on the calendar) that kinders and 3rd graders could do. It usually takes me quite a while to explain things. Because I have been a student myself this year with student teaching responsibilities I feel my activity pool has been limited. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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    1. Hi! Congratulations on graduation :) One thing you could look at is all of the choice boards I've made in my distance lesson ideas posts- I have one for singing and one for dancing, and more coming tomorrow and next week. Each of the activities on the choice boards could be one day's activity. If you click on the "distance learning resources" in the right hand of this blog you'll find my posts on singing lessons and dancing lessons. If you want to talk further I'd be happy to- just send me an email caldwellorganizedchaos@gmail.com :)

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