1) More band members = more talking ... really frustrating ... next year I will split the band right after marching but right now I am really struggling with talking being out of control.
2) Lots of problems with students coming in Late. We start 15min before school actually begins so they are making it to school without being "tardy" but still late to rehearsal. What are some decent consequences that have worked for you?
3) Seniors are just awful, they have bad attitudes, they are never wrong, they think they are deserving of everything. I have been teaching for 12 years and never seen a senior class like this. I know I can just wait them out a few more months but I am afraid they are rubbing off on other students.
4) Attendance - there is always an emergency, last minute, this or that every-time a band event comes along. What is your attendance policy for rehearsals and performances. Obviously performances need to be an emergencies only type of thing but any tips on consequences?
I definitely realize this is a "young teacher" line up of questions but most of this seems beyond what I am used to from my other schools and would like to know what has worked for you and maybe others are going through similar things and can learn from what you offer.