BY Kathleen Healy
Margaret E. Small Elementary School
This listening center project will help me move away from teacher directed learning model in the general music class toward a student led, center-based model. Research shows that small group instruction where students are grouped with higher and lower performing peers and given the opportunity to work cooperatively and independently can improve learning outcomes for all involved. Also, these portable mp3/mp4/voice recorders will help me provide differentiated instruction for my students who learn best in non-typical ways. For my truly auditory learners, the mp3 players will help their comprehension of concepts, and for my truly visual learners, the mp4 player feature will improve their level of comprehension.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Success will come in the form of improved learning outcomes for students.
Benefit to the students and the school
Giving students the opportunity to take control and ownership of their learning is supported by research. Affording them time to move through the centers at a pace which suits their individual learning style is also supported by research. And, improved learning outcomes in music can improve learning outcomes across the curriculum, as I learned this summer during a graduate course, The Learning Science of Music.
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)