With the start of every new school year I like to educate my students on the importance of online safety.  As we support students in making strategic use of online tools, we also must educate them on how to safely interact using various technologies.  Being a responsible digital citizen is essential in maintaining online safety.

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Building rapport with your students is critical. Students need to feel comfortable learning in your classroom and they need to feel safe (and encouraged) to explore ideas and ask questions. Students who trust you will work hard every day and be open to learning from you.          

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Last week we featured a few ways Nani Bullock--a K-3 music teacher--uses comprehension skills to teach her students how to read sheet music. This week, we are happy to share a few more examples of how Nani Bullock uses literacy skills to teach her kids how to read music.

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With the demands of the new National Standards, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of vocabulary we have to work through with our students. I am constantly thinking of ways to support students so they can tackle the unfamiliar words without consuming all of our class time and making them feel discouraged or bored.

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Nani Bullock is a music educator in the Franklin Public School District in Wisconsin. Nani just completed her Literacy Leaders training this past June. She has worked with LiteracyTA for the past two years. She teaches general music to students in grades K-3.

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