Jim Matthews

About Jim Matthews

Jim Matthews is a veteran band director of 30 years at Jackson Middle School in Titusville, FL. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Florida State University. His bands continuously received superior ratings at band festivals. The bands have received the Florida Bandmaster’s Association Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty and Twenty-five Year Superior Awards for continuous Superior ratings. He is presently the Brevard County Music Instructional Coach for all secondary band directors. Jim co-founded the FLBandWorkshop for band directors held each summer in Titusville. It is a hands-on, in-depth workshop. For more information see FLBandWorkshop on FaceBook. He is a member of Florida Bandmaster’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference and Phi Beta Mu – an International Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher in music. For more information, see the About section.
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Avoid Wasting Precious Class Time by Using the “Do Now” Method

The moment students begin entering your classroom, chaos will occur and time will be wasted unless you as the teacher set expectations for your students. One very effective strategy that will set the mood for the class period and make the best use of time is the “Do Now” method. This technique can be used for any school teacher, but this article will mainly address music teachers. The goal for each class period is meaningful and purposeful practice, and great band directors learn how to make the most efficient use of every minute. This article will discuss the Do Now method to help you avoid wasting the first few minutes of each class.

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7 Helpful Tips for Effective Classroom Management

Achieving productive educational results should be every teacher’s desire, and the only way to accomplish this is the teacher’s ability to manage the behavior of their students. Both new and experienced teachers struggle with disruptive behavior, and many teachers complain about not possessing effective methods to handle those problem situations. Also, many teachers tend to overlook the good things in their students (even the disruptive ones). Many students are potential leaders and can be a tremendous advantage in helping you manage your classroom. This article will provide you with seven tips to better prepare for effective classroom management.

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5 Smart Tips for Successful Teacher Planning

Having teacher’s lessons is vital to any effective classroom atmosphere. In fact, most teachers make lesson plans. But what separates the average teacher from the effective teacher? This article will reveal to you five tips that will transform your teacher planning into something that works.

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Here’s a Quick Teaching Prayer to Help You Walk in Victory Each Day

Do you want to have the blessing of God in your teaching? Do you feel that you are prepared to walk into your classroom each day with the presence of God with you? “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17) I want to walk in victory each day…

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If You Don’t Make Lesson Plans Now, You’ll Regret It Later

Creating a classroom atmosphere where learning takes place and students feel comfortable and challenged takes thoughtful planning. If you don’t making teachers lessons before class begins, you’ll end up regretting it later. This article will give you some ideas about how to properly prepare for class.

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