What Is A Learning Objective?

Let's begin with a brief definition, and then go from there. A learning objective is a statement of what a student will know and be able to do after receiving instruction. It is generally not long term, but stated in terms of what will be accomplished at the end of each class meeting. An objective … Continue reading What Is A Learning Objective?

What Happens If Your Student Makes A Mistake?

There are two things that ought to be closely related, but often are not. Those two things are practice and excellence. I don't mean that practice doesn't lead to excellence; we all know that it can and often does. But what I'm talking about is a growing belief among people of all ages that somehow … Continue reading What Happens If Your Student Makes A Mistake?

The Real Issue Behind Rewarding Students

Motivation results from knowing what you goal is and finding value or enjoyment in meeting that goal. The less value or enjoyment that is found in a goal, the less motivated a person will be to work at achieving the goal. In such instances, in order for the goal to be met, unrelated incentives need … Continue reading The Real Issue Behind Rewarding Students

What Does Music Have To Do With Social Development?

School is a social environment. Learning takes place in classes where groups of children are gathered, usually 20-25 at a time. When everything is going smoothly, students are listening to a teacher and to each other, are asking and answering questions, responding to prompts, understanding what is being said or done, and keeping their attention … Continue reading What Does Music Have To Do With Social Development?