Instead, I work hard to make the kid (or at least their parents) WANT to switch. The kids you describe would be failing my class, and badly. It's hard to do a playing test when you don't bring your instrument. It's very hard to pass any of the assignments when you don't have your book and don't pay attention during class. They would be sitting in the back during most class periods, facing the wall and doing written work (which they will probably fail, because they haven't been paying attention enough to know how to do it). If they can't sit still and do their written work, they'll get written up and sent up the discipline ladder. I would be on the phone with their parents at least weekly, if not more. After the first couple of phone calls, I start leading with "Johnny obviously isn't very interested in band. Perhaps you should consider another elective that he might be more excited about."
I've been pretty successful at getting kids to self-select out by semester. If they do manage to hang around through May, they won't be invited back next year.
: Was talking to my colleague about how all of
: our beginner classes each year have that
: usual handful of students who, in the end,
: just do not put forth the effort to have
: their materials for class, they
: "lose" their music, don't remember
: to bring their horn, they talk a lot or play
: out of turn, cause distractions, etc etc.
: About how those students end up occupying a
: disproportionate amount of our teaching time
: versus the students who totally follow
: instructions and remain on task. We
: feel--no, we KNOW--the classes would
: skyrocket forward (certainly by spring
: semester) if those handful of students were
: simply gone from our class.
: I'm not trying to be mean or dismissive of
: students who struggle--this isn't
: skill-based. It is simply to not hold back
: the students who try.
: Does anyone have a sanctioned system of
: moving students out of beginner band by
: spring semester that aren't following the
: class guidelines/policies?
: For instance, maybe in the beginner band
: handbook, there is an outline for this: 5
: demerits, let's say, means the student is
: out of band by end of December. And, like
: the school discipline policy, maybe 2nd
: demerit means a parent phone call, 3rd
: demerit means parent visit, 4th demerit
: means something else.
: Before we begin creating the wheel on our
: own, we wanted to find out what other
: programs are doing that is FAIR and that
: works, and that isn't litigious for
: goodness' sakes. What do you do that works?