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Re: No band experience - poor attitude
Is to send them into a room with someone who ISN'T their friend, so the person helps but wants to come back soon to regular band class.
Ha! What kind of alternate universe do you live in where sending a kid with a book and a friend into a practice room actually results in any kind of progress? Would love for that to be a possibility, not a hangout session.
It's our job to teach them. I send mine to a practice room with a buddy for a week. Give them a week and a book alone. And on week 3 they join the class. It works for most. But all get to participate.
While what you are saying probably will work in a regular classroom where students do individual work, in a group setting such as band, that is not the case unless the student is motivated.
I teach in a school where band is mandatory in 5th, 6th and 7th grade. Students do move in, in 7th grade never having been in band. Yes, they are behind the other 7th graders. If I just put them in the class, they have no clue what is going on. I also cannot just stop teaching the class to catch up the one or two kids who have never been in band. Yes, those new students do need to extra help, whether that be before school, after school, a tutorial time etc., if they want to catch up and play with the class.
Is it fair? Is it right? Maybe not, but that is what you have to do sometimes to make things work no matter how much the admin may hammer you.
Maybe I am missing something but I did not see anywhere in the original post that the they were being graded for the extra help time.
At some point they do need to be caught up with the class and graded like all of the other kids in the class. If the new kids are not willing to do the work, then they get the grade they EARNED by not practicing and being prepared.
In your example, you talk about an ELA teacher. While the ELA teacher will try to teach the student what they can in class, if they are behind, they will ask the student to come in for tutorials to catch up or get help on what they do not understand. That same student will still be graded an the quality of the work they do.