Lesson Plan Ideas for Maternity Leave
March 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm #21845
I teach 6-8 band and music and will be on maternity leave beginning in May. I know that my sub will not be musically trained at all. I am responsible for creating lesson plans that begin in April in order to be prepared. I have bumped up my spring band concert to April 11 to make sure that is out of the way before I leave. I was planning on having the kids check in any school-owned instruments after the concert so I don’t have a sub trying to take care of that. I am desperate for ideas of what a non-musical sub can do from mid April to May 25. I think it may be easiest to just treat all of my classes as general music classes at that point.
Any ideas???March 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm #21859
What about research projects about certain eras of music? The students could work in groups or singles (as you choose) and you could have a list of eras for them to choose from. i.e. 1920s jazz, 70s disco, 80s rap, 90s (what was in the 90s?? haha) or you could even go WAY back to renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, etc. Have them research and present showing examples and notable musicians. Then also maybe even come up with their own performance in the style (live or video). WIth well dictated guidelines, your sub shouldn’t need to have musical knowledge and might learn a thing or two in the process! Plus, between research, practicing, and presentations, it could easily eat up 4-5 weeks of classes.March 20, 2013 at 11:04 am #21983
I had my student teacher from the year before come back and do my maternity leave. Do you know who your sub will be? I was able to get my plans up way in advance because I knew exactly what I could do. What about an 8th grader conducting for the sub? If you had a kid that was really good you could teach him/her a few things and have them conduct. Maybe not all the time but just a couple times a week to keep them playing. Another idea if you use it as a general music class is to have them get into groups of 5 or so and make their own musical board games. They come up with musical questions (i do 30), they design the board, and make everything and then play each other board games. I do this in 5th grade, but any grade level I am sure would love the project.March 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm #22113
Perhaps you could contact near by colleges with Music Ed programs and see if they have any students who graduated this winter and are looking for their first job this coming school year. If they live close enough they might be interested in a long term sub gig. It would be a way for them to earn a little money and gain some experience. Just a thought.
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