Program going nowhere - not sure what to do
Posted 03 April 2007 - 08:10 AM
In my second year I took the marching band competitive, the numbers are increasing, and the concert band is sounding decent. The problems I face are a population of students that don't care to achieve and it is very difficult to motivate them (I've tried everything). Parent involvement is almost non-existent despite my attempts at increasing it. I'm not giving up on my program but many times I feel as if the deck is so stacked against my chances at building a great program.
I'm not saying that I'm un-happy, but I'm not happy either. I've considered looking for a new district with a different population. My goals personally - I would like to provide the best music ed possible for my students and work with high school kids who want to achieve and a work with a community that values their music programs.
I understand that kids will be kids, and that I am still growing as a teacher (working on my own teaching chops). I also understand that any school I go to will have challanges. But I ask if I would have more success at a different school with a culture that was more music oriented? I'm also concerned to leave because I don't want to be always "job-hopping" but I don't want to work until a point where I can't leave and I'm stuck. I really believe that my philosophy of wanting to build a strong program (both concert and marching) completly clashes with the culture of the school.
Is there any advice that you could give me? Should I look for a new school or stay where I am? Any stories anybody would like to share?
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Hannibal Middle School
Hannibal, MO 63401