Quaver Co-Creator Dave Mastran is back on the blog today, giving us a little insight into the Quaver team’s commitment to supporting our teachers through training programs.
Take it away, Dave!
Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music is growing every month.
Every time I turn around, we are creating more and more resources for teachers to use in their classrooms. We are currently developing applications for teachers that include auto-assessment and leveling of materials for different grades and classes.
How can you, as a busy teacher, possibly keep up with all these developments?
It’s important to recognize that a teacher cannot learn to use all the Quaver resources in a short period of time – it may take months to find and learn all the nooks and crannies of Quaver’s Marvelous World. Think about how you learn any new program: when you first picked up Microsoft Word or Excel, you learned each function when you needed it – there’s just too much to know to do it all in one sitting. Apply the same principle to Quaver – pace your learning as you determine your needs.
Naturally, we want to help you incorporate Quaver into your classroom with ease!
We are providing HELP tutorials on all the major facets of the Quaver Program, so help is always just a click away. This way you can learn on your own and at your own pace!
We are also working on ways to better facilitate the learning process for you. We are working on plans for a Train The Trainer Program where each District would designate a trainer to help the other teachers in the district.
Plans are also in the works for a certification program for teachers that would help them understand where they stand in terms of learning all Quaver has to offer. This certification program may align with the in service training requirements for music teachers.
Lastly, we are laying the groundwork for Quaver Conventions, where teachers can come and attend various workshops focusing on different aspects of Quaver’s Program. This would allow you to interact with teachers from other schools and see what new approaches are being developed.