NCKP 2013 (15) – Teaching Demonstration: It’s Only Natural: Planting the Seeds for Growth in Elementary Teaching, by Amy Glennon and Angela Triandafillou

Sat 2013 July 27 – Teaching Demonstration: It’s Only Natural: Planting the Seeds for Growth in Elementary Teaching, by Amy Glennon and Angela Triandafillou

Ms. Glennon and Ms. Triandafillou suggested that students are like seeds: we must provide the correct environment but we cannot force them to grow. They must grow themselves naturally.

What is the natural learning sequence? Sound, Feel, Sign, then Name.  Go from the general to specific. The presenters showed a number of short video clips showing weekly group classes where students are learning concepts through this method.

One of the activities from the videos was called the “circuit activity.” Students walked like a tight-rope dance on Bass F to the piano, played Bass F, moved to the next station to play Bass F on the next piano, and then to the whiteboard on the table where the marked Bass F, etc.

Ms. Glennon and Ms. Triandafillou showed many more video examples demonstrating this natural learning sequence. It was a great session!

PG
Joy Morin is a piano teacher in northwest Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. ColorInMyPiano.com serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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