Posted 28 October 2003 - 12:56 PM
Posted 29 October 2003 - 10:21 AM
I think you will always find that there is some sort of conflict with any time you choose. We all face the same problems you have described. To begin, you should try to educate your community (students, parents, teachers, administrators) of what your rehearsal needs are. Then after choosing a time with the least conflicts keep working to impress upon the students and parents the importance of attending rehearsals.
I don't think you are going to accomplish what you want by establishing bad relations with your fellow teachers. Explain your needs to them and see if there are compromises that can be made. Many times these conflicts can be solved but sometimes the student will just have to make a hard decision. We want to get good kids and find ways to keep them in the program but don't agonize too much if you can't keep those that aren't willing to make a good commitment.
Posted 22 November 2003 - 07:11 PM
I used to have a policy of "3 unexcused absences from our one weekly after-school rehearsal and be excluded from the next concert or field trip." The kids thought of it as a game and would keep track of their absences and blow off whatever they could.
This year I started a new policy- no unexcused absences. Only way to be excused is to be absent from school due to illness, note from parent on the day prior to rehearsal, participation in a sporting event (game or meet- not practice), or a death in their family-their own!
Absenteeism is WAY down and the kids who show up are committed to playing... Those that aren't committed, aren't missed (by me, at least).
So far, both bands sound great (best ever!) and no complaints from parents.
Try it, you'll like it!
Posted 28 March 2004 - 01:01 AM
BE HARSH, kids are always looking for a soft spot that they can push to weasle themselves out of nething, so dont have one.
DONT TRY TO BE FRIENDS, you are educators not buddies, first be the boss then if the bond grows then it does if it doesnt then your still getting the job done and the kids will thankyou for it, eventually
BE ENERGETIC, lets face it we, as students only spend one class period staring at a stand while you go home and stare at your score and come back sometimes to 7 class of Band. Be enthusiastic, dont let the kids see your growing tired
SMILE, even if you dont want to, smiling at someone can give a boost to their confidence and if you make someone feel good their more likely to listen to you
COUNT SECONDS, kids waste time, i admit, but with a constant reminder of you wasted 30 sec or at the end of rehersal hold them over for the amount of time they wasted. It will become a game to waste the least amount of time, thus making it fun for the students productive for you, a win win situation
HAVE NO TOLERANCE, as a artistic teacher your grades arnt objective but subjective, tell students that wasting time will lower their grade. And definately give them the scare of zeros for major class disruptions
TAKE AWAY WHAT THEY WANT, a band student is their to play their instrument. They may not like the music they may not like you but if you take away their instrument, the thing that connects them to the music that fills their heart they learn quickly the result of their actions.(this can help or hurt you depending on a students desire)
PLAYING TESTS AND LEADERSHIP, use playing tests to keep students on their feet. If they know that at ne given moment they could be called out to play something solo they will study it a little harder. Also reward those students that do well. Greed, though and evil, can be used to your atvantage here. how you award your students is your personal desicion.
MAKE THE BAND ROOM THEIR HOME, make the band room a place they fill comfortable. If students like the class they will enjoy the class. If the band room gives off that same feeling that the math class they had last period does then they will give you just as much attention as they did pathagoras' theorms.
sry that was so long but i think it is important sometimes for directors to see students points of view. (by the way, these ideas work over long periods of time and with most students, some of these tactics will not work with some students but it should work with mosts
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