What does it mean for students to be "College and Career Ready" in English Language Arts? According to the Common Core Standards website:
1. They demonstrate independence 2. They build strong content knowledge 3. They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline 4. They comprehend as well as critique 5. They value evidence 6. They use technology and digital media strategically and capably 7. They come to understand other perspectives and cultures What does this have to do with Marionville Music? For a non-performing music class (like Music Appreciation), the students are engaged in several activities that require reading, writing and research, with obvious connections to the 7 processes above. As for the "performing classes" (like Band or Choir) it's all about the processes performing musicians use when approaching musical learning, listening, performing and creating. These ways of thinking and doing are very similar to the 7 ways described above. So, when a person thinks while performing music, he or she is also learning to think in reading, and vice versa...so students are transferring knowledge from how he or she "thinks in music," to how he or she "thinks when reading." With this in mind, how about applying this same transfer of knowledge to math? According to the Common Core website, in regards to Math Standards, students should:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others 4. Model with mathematics 5. Use appropriate tools strategically 6. Attend to precision 7. Look for and make use of structure 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning Do you think musicians do these things while making music, or listening to music? Just ask any active performer or active listener of music if he or she "attends to precision," or "look[s] for and express[es] regularity in repeated reasoning"...
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