I second this. This is a process I go through every year. Even on successful years. Constantly grow and evolve your program.
We didn't get the result we wanted either. So, with that said:
1. Students are going to take their queue from you. How you react is how they are going to react.
2. Do an honest evaluation. "Poor me, I'm not a good teacher" is not a good evaluation. What did we do right? What do we do wrong? What did I do right? Where are areas of personal improvement ?
3. Rewrite or write a clear vision statement for yourself for the rest of the year.
4. Change the culture to:
a. Embrace challenges
b. Persistence in the face of setbacks
c. recognize that effort is the path to mastery (Talent may be different, effort is the same)
d. Learn from criticism. (This in my opinion is the hardest because criticism is delivered in a variety of methods)
e. Find lessons in the the success of others. I know way too many band directors who are bitter and jealous of the success of others. What did they do right? What can we learn from their challenges?
This is all a reminder for me as I personally move forward. I hope this helps.
When you let your students down because results are not in your favor. Knowing that you have done all you can, and they couldnít have performed any better.
Putting all our marbles in one bag, but the bag has a hole in it. Eventually all the marbles are gone...
Our marbles are gone. Itís hard to patch up the hole, and start over... but it must be DONE.
Looking forward to better days... with new marbles!