GETTING STARTED
TOPICS
 
  • Blended Learning
  • Working in the Studio
  • What is looks like
  • Set up your learning tools
  • Grades and Feedback
  • Learning Habits
 
 
LEARNING WITHIN THE BLENDED CLASSROOM
You have chosen to take a class that is delivered to you in a manner that places you at the center of the learning.
 
What does that mean?  
 
  • Skills and Content knowledge are delivered to you via this website.
  • All skills and content knowledge are assessed primarily through the projects that you create.
  • As the course progresses, you have more choice over the types of creative projects you complete.
  • Your learning habits are assessed to ensure that you understand HOW to learn effectively.
  • You have the ability to move faster when you find content that you may easily understand.
  • The role of the teacher in the room:
    • To assist you when you need it - just raise your hand.
    • To assess your work and provide you with feedback
    • To modify the web-curriculum as needed
    • To serve as your research assistant when looking to solve challenging problems
    • To monitor your work habits
    • To connect you with other students
 

WORKING IN OUR STUDIO

 

  • Clean your hands upon entering the room

  • Check your email and all social media in the first two minutes of coming to class.

  • Put your personal electronic devices away.

  • Start your work without having the instructor to tell you to do so.

  • Cell phone use is by permission only

  • Internet usage during class time is for coursework only

  • Let your instructor know if you need to leave the room

  • Ask the instructor before you add software or modify computer settings

  • Take breaks if needed being respectful of others that are learning.

  • Please don't unplug or move headphones

  • Share your work with others often

  • Engagement is the number one priority - have fun learning and making music.

  • You will ALWAYS have something to work on and explore. 

The simple explanation of how this works would be this:

 

  • come to class on time,

  • say hello and establish a relationship with others in the room,

  • open the Canvas Learning Management Tool to discover where you left off last class. 

  • open up this web resource- go to the class page and navigate to where you left off,

  • open the software or instrument you use and continue to work on your current project,

  • do research as needed,

  • ask for help from a peer or the educator in the room when needed,

  • consider helping others when appropriate,

  • get some feedback on your own work as you create,

  • document what you are doing during the class- the documentation can help move you forward towards certification.  

  • when you are nearing completion of a unit, have the instructor give you feedback directly

  • during the feedback session, determine mastery levels with the instructor, and verify the next steps.

  • revise your work when needed before moving to the next project or gig. 

GRADES and FEEDBACK

The majority of your feedback will be one on one with your instructor during class.  At the end of a project, you will need to submit your work to the Canvas web tool and meet with your instructor additional feedback will be given then in addition to peer feedback, and online quizzes.

 

A rolling record of your Habits of Learning will be used to create a traditional letter grade for reporting with the majority of feedback targetted on your learning skills.  The final cumulative grade will represent the percentage of proficiencies that you have accomplished in addition to an overall assessment of your growth within the habits of learning.   I will use a 5 point scale in this format in order to accommodate the traditional methods of grading. 

 

4 = Exemplary:  Work that connects multiple concepts together and applies them in a manner that represents a level of mastery.  Honors work

3.6 = Proficient:  Content or skill is understood completely – traditional “A” work.

3.2 Developing:  Skills and understanding are beginning to be developed. Roughly 80% of the material has been learned.

2.8 = Getting Started:  A basic understanding of the concept or skill is present.  Roughly 60-70% of the material has been experienced.

1 = No evidence that learning has begun on this topic.

 

 

 

Grades are approximations of learning.  Averages that do not specifically identify what has been learned. I am attempting to work within this system AND give more effective feedback and analysis of what you are learning. 

 

 

 The tools we can use to help develop your learning skills have been broken down below into levels. I will help you work on these skills as well as create projects that will allow you to experience and learn the subject. See the chart below if interested. 

 

This may be the most reading you may have to do at one time in this course.  If you have additional questions about the workflow just ask.

 

 

 

 

SEE THE HABITS OF LEARNING TOOL 
The tool I use to measure your work habits

FREEBERN MUSIC 

Neil and Julie Freebern 

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