Mentoring Calendar

This calendar provides the mentor and the new teacher with a rough overview of topics and activities to be discussed.


August

Topics

  • Plans for the first day, first week, first semester
  • Classroom rules: enforcement of rules, consequences
  • Classroom procedures: opening/closing of class, warm-ups, student routines
  • Assessments: required and selected
  • Audition materials and deadlines for KMEA honor groups
  • District and state standards
  • Grading policy

Activities

  • Meet each other (in person if possible)
  • Discuss the setting of priorities (Appendix 1)
  • Review of district curriculum and state standards, building themes, school improvement requirements, timelines
  • Discuss and develop grading policy

The mentor should attempt to contact the new teacher at least three times during the first week and at least once a week during the next three weeks.


September

Topics

  • Curriculum expectations, state standards
  • Instructional techniques: Teaching music elements and concepts
  • Resources: recordings, instruments, websites, etc.
  • Selection of music and classroom instructional resources
  • Communication with students, parents, staff, administrators
  • Classroom management
  • Preparation for performances

Activities

  • Share successful and unsuccessful instructional techniques
  • Discuss and select music for the first nine weeks and first performance
  • Discuss long range goals and grade level/program plans, grading
  • Provide guidance on communicating with students, parents, etc.
  • Discuss areas of concern with classroom management and instructional techniques and develop strategies for improving.
  • Provide a checklist of items and timelines to be considered before the first performance: securing date on the school calendar, reserving facilities (both performance and rehearsal), programs

The mentor should complete the first classroom observation at the new teacher’s school between the third and fifth week of instruction.

A video tape may be necessary if teacher release time becomes a problem for the mentor.


October

Topics

  • Instructional techniques—Sequential music skill development
  • Evaluation of music
  • Student self-evaluation processes for rehearsals and performances
  • Continued communication with students, parents, staff, administrators
  • Classroom management
  • Preparation for performances
  • Preparing students for district/state auditions

Activities

  • Evaluate instructional techniques that were successful and unsuccessful
  • Evaluate music selected and determine supplemental materials to be used
  • Develop a model for student self-evaluation
  • Provide guidance on communicating with students, parents, etc.
  • Continue developing strategies for improving classroom management
  • Review checklist for first performance
  • Review deadlines and audition procedures (taped or live auditions)

The new teacher should complete the first classroom observation at the mentor’s school within the first nine weeks.

It’s important that the new teacher be provided release time to observe an entire day of instruction.


November

Topics

  • Preparing students for district/state auditions and winter concerts
  • Instructional techniques: Concert/audition etiquette
  • Classroom management and grading criteria
  • Fund raising
  • Raising awareness of music programs

Activities

  • Compile a contact list of directors with expertise on each of the instruments/voices
  • Discuss instructional strategies related to concerts and auditions
  • Establish grading criteria and review classroom management (moved to Aug.)
  • Discuss the pros and cons of fund raising and investigate possible fund raising programs
  • Discuss methods promoting music programs

December

Topics

  • Performance preparation
  • Preparing for state auditions (instrumental)
  • Year in review

Activities

  • Discuss procedures for concert; students seating, requiring attendance, dress, concert programs, etc.
  • Review deadlines and audition procedures (instrumental)
  • Discuss changes in policies or procedures for the second semester

The mentor should attend at least one of the new teacher’s performances during the 1st semester.


January

Topics

  • Selection of music/instructional units
  • Learning goals for second semester
  • Review district, state curriculum, building goals and themes
  • Review Classroom rules: enforcement of rules, consequences
  • Review Classroom procedures: opening/closing of class, warm-ups, student routines
  • KMEA In-Service Workshop

Activities

  • Discuss and select music for large group and solo/ensemble contest (Required Music List)
  • Review the setting of priorities and long range goals (Appendix 1)
  • Adjust classroom rules, procedures, grading criteria as needed
  • Discuss attending KMEA In-service Workshop and obtain necessary paperwork (registration, housing, transportation, substitute teacher, etc.)

The mentor should complete the second classroom observation at the new teacher’s school between the third and fifth week of instruction in the second semester.

A video tape may be necessary if teacher release time becomes a problem for the mentor.


February

Topics

  • Preparing music for large group and solo/ensemble contest
  • Use of guest clinician
  • KSHSAA entry form and fees (including deadlines)
  • KSHSAA Music Manuel
  • Working with special needs students
  • Instructional Strategies for Integration
  • KMEA In-service Workshop

Activities

  • Discuss instructional strategies
  • Secure guest clinician to work with students
  • Complete KSHSAA entry forms
  • Review rules related to KSHSAA Music Manuel
  • Review instructional strategies
  • Attend KMEA In-service Workshop

The mentor and the new teacher should make arrangements to meet at the KMEA In-Service Workshop.


March

Topics

  • Preparing music for large group and solo/ensemble contest and spring concerts
  • Instructional strategies: Teaching music concepts through performance
  • Large group and solo/ensemble contest
  • Selection of music

Activities

  • Review and adjust instructional strategies for developmental levels
  • Provide a checklist of items to be considered before contest: transportation, schedule, notify administrators/parents, etc.
  • Discuss and select music for spring concerts

April

Topics

  • Large group and solo/ensemble contest
  • Awards for outstanding music students
  • Review district/state curriculum and adjust learning goals if needed

Activities

  • Discuss adjudicators comments from contest
  • Discuss selection and recognition of outstanding music students (lettering for HS students, national music awards i.e. J.Philip Sousa, regional/state solo and ensemble contest).
  • Review building instructional themes and potential resources

May

Topics

  • Closing out the school year
  • Summer in-services and workshops
  • Year in review

Activities

  • Secure calendar dates for next year, budget request, instrument repair, uniform cleaning, inventory, etc.
  • Arrange to attend KCDA, KBA, or other professional development opportunities and discuss workshops that help improve instructional techniques
  • Discuss areas of strength and weakness and develop general strategies for next year.
  • Review long range learning goals for students and adjust based on self-reflection and student assessment.