Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard J


An understanding and appreciation of general and liberal arts including English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts, and the ability to:

j. Understand and respect individual differences, including the differences identified within the State Board of Education (SBE) Universal Education Vision and Principles;

This substandard addresses the teacher’s ability to independently anticipate and respond to cues related to individual differences in their classrooms. This happens all the time in band classrooms, especially when new musicians move in to your school district. It is the responsibility of the teacher to take time to assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses and devise a plan of action for keeping this student integrated and up-to-date on what’s happening in the band classroom. If the student is a poor performer, don’t ask them to perform in front of the class right away, but don’t forget them about them until semester’s end. Keep them involved and participating in class and provide them with the necessary support systems to scaffold their growth in band class as best you can.

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