What to do with THAT CLASS: high needs

What to do with THAT Class: high needs

by Elizabeth Caldwell
Originally published by Organized Chaos: Purposeful Creativity at Home & in the Music Room on the Organized Chaos Blog
October 29, 2019

Introduction by Lyn Spiteri, February 2020

Music is such a universal medium and as educators, we want to make sure that everyone has access and the opportunity to have a go! Without even considering other factors (funding, time, equipment etc.) there are students who need a little more attention, scaffolding, resourcing and flexible planning. If this topic interests VMTA Members, Dr Grace Thompson is launching a new short course on inclusive music teaching at the University of Melbourne in 2020. 


The helpless feeling you get when nothing you do seems to work with that one class can be absolutely horrible. Over the years I've had classes that leave me in tears, fill me with dread, make me want to take a sick day, or just leave me feeling like I have no idea what I'm doing. It's disconcerting at best, and can leave you completely miserable if you let it get the best of you. In this series I'm sharing some strategies that have helped me improve my ability to work with some challenging classes with various difficulties. I hope they help you if you find yourself in the same situation! Today I'm focusing on classes that have a high percentage of students with high needs.

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