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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Student Learning Objective for Orchestra Class -Rhythm

My district is one that is implementing Student Learning Objectives...which are basically large-scale goals for each student in class based on their ability levels.  Teachers have to set target scores/learning outcomes for lower level learners to higher level learners.  That means there has to be some sort of pre-assessment in order to determine the level of the students.  I really have struggled in attempting to create pre-assessments for orchestra.  It has been hard to wrap my head around giving a test to see what I know students don't know yet...since I haven't taught the skill, yet.

Anyway, I am focusing my learning objective on rhythm.  I want to be sure my students are fluent note-readers and rhythm readers.  For my pre-test, I will use the 'I Got Rhythm' form that I created.  This can be used many different ways and can be a useful tool in a variety of rhythm exercises.  For my pre-assessment, I will perform the rhythm from one box on each line...and I will have students circle the rhythm that they think I played.  This will help me see if students are already recognizing these rhythms.  The rhythms get progressively more difficult as you move down the page, so I will be able to set some learning targets for individual students.  Eventually of course, students will demonstrate the ability to perform these rhythms on their own - by the end of year 1.

I can also use this form as a rhythm exercise...students can perform the rhythms across and down each line.  They can cut them up to make flashcards. You can use the different rhythms for warm-ups and scales.


8 comments:

  1. Hi, found this on Pinterest and love it. How can I print it? Thank You!

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    1. Let me add it as a free download on my teacherspayteacher site. I'll give the link when it's ready. :)

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    2. Here's the link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Beginning-Rhythm-Assessement-Student-Learning-Objective-2081963

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  2. Hi Angela! I love your blog! As a strings teacher who is new to teaching, your ideas have been so helpful. So thank you!

    I just have one observation regarding this awesome post. The very last square, 10D seems to be 4 1/2 beats long. Just letting you know. :) This is so good though! I would love to use it!

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    1. Here's the link. I fixed that last square - thanks for letting me know. I'm not the best proof-reader. :) https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Beginning-Rhythm-Assessement-Student-Learning-Objective-2081963

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    2. It is a good idea; and I'm suggesting combine it with the rhythmic prosody eg. №4:
      ||Ta N Taka N |Taka Tu N Tu | N Tuku Ta Tu | Ta N N Tuku ||

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  3. Aa a middle school teacher I play this as a game, in rhythm language : toe to ta and it, the students has to guess which one I say, say and clap or later only clap...awesome game...

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