Re: Classroom management
Posted by At some point.. on 10/10/2017, 11:43 am, in reply to "Classroom management "
At some point it will become a game for your kids. "How much time can we waste before Mr./Ms. X loses it and gripes at us?" Be careful with the timer idea, and don't waste any more time on the "enter the room silently" nonsense. |
Finally, ask yourself: Is coming into the room quietly REALLY important to me? If so, then every INDIVIDUAL kid who is messing up, turn them around and tell them to come in again. Don't punish the whole class for the actions of individuals. If not, why have a rule for no reason other than "that's the way I think it should be done?" Plenty of successful bands let kids come in and warm up/play a bit on their own before the bell rings.
Also, you need leaders in the class, and you need to be ruthless on consequences. Kids who don't follow your expectations pack up their horns and sit out for a rehearsal. Two "sit-outs" and you call home. Three and you write a referral. Give the sit-outs a packet of basic theory work. Tell them that for each page they complete, they get 25 points for that day. Make the packet 40 pages long - use the old blue and purple Master Theory workbooks. They're about $5 at Penders.
The kids who do their job, set them as first chair or section leaders, and expect them to hold the kids around them accountable. Your kids likely weren't held accountable on fundamentals in beginning band (or not as accountable as you'd like) so you're going to have to fight that all year long. Stay on it, but let your "good" kids help.
In a class this size, you're not going to be able to do the level of music you'd think they could/should perform, since you'll be dealing with discipline issues rather frequently. Also, if you're not in a one-man-show situation, get your assistant out of the office (or the HBD if you are the assistant) to help manage the classroom.
If you don't have another BD, ask if there's an aide who can come watch once in a while, due simply to the number of kids in the room. Better to have asked than to have it come back on you that you can't manage your classes when evaluation times come up.
: I need some ideas. I'm attempting to establish
: the correct way to enter the classroom.
: Tried starting outside the room and entering
: quietly as many times as it takes (7 is what
: it took). I think with a smaller group, that
: would be an effective tool but I don't think
: it's working for us. Tomorrow I'm going to
: project a timer up on the board to show how
: much time they have until we start rehearsal
: and also that they need to keep their voices
: at whisper level. When we finally get
: rehearsal started, it's a battle to get them
: to use correct posture and hand position,
: much less air support. I'm a broken record
: as I constantly remind them. I have a center
: aisle in the setup and I'm up and moving
: around quite a bit. Any tips? This is
: unfamiliar territory. Thanks in advance!