Hello. When we went remote I thought the boom cards would be a terrific way to motivate students to practice their instruments. I also thought they were a fun way to practice reading pitches on the staff. My students say they cannot practice their instruments at home for various reasons. Again, I thought the boom cards would be great for those times.
As it turns out, there are very few students who have actually used them. I specifically took time out of lessons to have students use their chromebooks and go to the website and practice. I showed them step by step how to get there and what to do. THen I gave differentiated lesson decks based on the instruments they play. Last night the assignments were due. they had 3 weeks and all they had to do was focus on one deck. Less than a 3rd did the assignment. Those students are not the ones tellim me they can't practice.
In class they seemed excited by the boom cards. Outside of lessons and band I am getting very little effort. What have you all tried? Have the boom cards worked with your beginners? How did you present them? What else do you use to motivate?