The Qualities of an Empowered Music Student

I am excited to share this post, which I co-wrote with Kathryn Finch!  For a long time, our focus was on engaging the learners and making sure students were “actively engaged” in music making in my classroom. But more recently we have discovered that engagement is not enough. To make an impact and to optimize life-long learning, we must empower music students. The best explanation of the differences between engaged students and empowered students came … Continue reading “The Qualities of an Empowered Music Student”

The Power of Feedback: #IMMOOC 4.4a

This post is the fourth in a series for #IMMOOC, as it relates to Katie Martin’s book, Learner Centered Innovation.  I have noticed that some students have a very difficult time receiving feedback. They want to turn in assignments (recordings of music demonstrating specific skills) and have that be the end of it. But it’s not the end. Sometimes based on the recording I would not consider the skill mastered. Attempted? Definitely. Mastered? Not quite. Other times … Continue reading “The Power of Feedback: #IMMOOC 4.4a”

Learning to Learn: #IMMOOC 4.3

This post is the third in a series for #IMMOOC, as it relates to Katie Martin’s most recent book, Learner Centered Innovation.  In our ever-changing world, there are many new skills that students need to learn in addition to the standard, “reading, writing, and arithmetic.” It is now also vital that students (and adults) learn how to learn. No longer should students wait to get knowledge only from their teachers. The ability to learn is … Continue reading “Learning to Learn: #IMMOOC 4.3”

Learner Centered Innovation: #IMMOOC 4.2

This post is the second in a series for #IMMOOC, as it relates to Katie Martin’s most recent book, Learner Centered Innovation.  In Chapter 2 of Learner Centered Innovation, author Katie Martin discusses the environment (ecosystem) that must be present for learner centered innovation to exist. Obviously at the center of this is the learner! But equally as important is what surrounds the learner, things such as policy, culture, vision, values, and systems. If all those aren’t … Continue reading “Learner Centered Innovation: #IMMOOC 4.2”

#IMMOOC Season 4: Why is Innovation in Education Necessary?

I am so excited to be participating in #IMMOOC again! IMMOOC = Innovator’s Mindset Massive Open Online Course. I participated in the fall, reading and discussing The Innovator’s Mindset, by George Couros, with a wonderful PLN. This time around participants were given a choice (love the personalized learning here!) to read either The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, Empower by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani or Learner Centered Innovation by Katie Martin. I’ve already read The Innovator’s Mindset … Continue reading “#IMMOOC Season 4: Why is Innovation in Education Necessary?”


Going into the #IMMOOC experience I had no idea what to expect. I had read The Innovator’s Mindset over the summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was definitely on the list to re-read at some point, which made participating in the #IMMOOC a logical step. I had also recently set-up this blog, so “forced” blogging with suggested topics was appealing. I’m not sure I can put into words the full impact of the last few … Continue reading “#IMMOOC Wrap-Up”

Thank you, #IMMOOC Bloggers!

The past six weeks participating in the #IMMOOC have been powerful in many ways, the blogging experience being one of them. Not only have I enjoyed and grown through the process of blogging myself, but reading the blogs of other teachers has also made a big impact. Three bloggers in particular have stood out: My first shoutout goes to Kelly Ann Pace, from Pacing Through Life: An Educator’s Journey. Kelly wrote a very inspiring post about how … Continue reading “Thank you, #IMMOOC Bloggers!”

Why I Share: #IMMOOC Week 5.3

Reading the book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” by George Couros and participating in the IMMOOC has made me realize even more how important it is to look outside the four walls of my classroom. Taking the time to share, connect, collaborate, and reflect can impact teachers and students in ways that cannot be replicated. When we share what happens in our classrooms, not only do other teachers benefit but  so do their students! I saw this … Continue reading “Why I Share: #IMMOOC Week 5.3”