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Re: HD missing a day to work at other job
How about this - PROBLEM SOLVE. If you don't have the facilities, (no practice room), move to the cafeteria. If it's during lunch, move outside or to the gym or to a commons area. PROBLEM SOLVE! Put kids in charge of teaching groups, (Admin LOVE to see kids teaching kids). Bring the admin in to see how independent the band kids are and how you are growing future leaders for the program. If you can't make the logistics work to have a functional rehearsal then float around "observing" as these kids "teach".
Regarding your asinine "get rid of all the staff solution" - Is it the best practice for daily instruction? No. Is it the best answer for education of the students over the course of the year? No. But can it work for a day or two or even 4 times during the course of the year while a director takes a personal day? Uh, yes. And if the answer is no, then no TMEA for you because it is imperative that the entire staff is on campus at ALL times so no professional ed for you. And don't you dare think about getting sick or your children getting sick.
Obviously it wasn't the best solution for a marching rehearsal but if my staff was otherwise occupied, (staff meeting, open house, personal issues, etc), then having the rehearsal alone was better than not having rehearsal so......
"Probably", which means more assumptions. Nope, I didn't have any practice rooms in that case and one of these times also happened to be before we had our fall semester concert. I didn't say I had a problem with the other directors being gone, I said don't assume because everyone's situation is different. And since you can "run a marching rehearsal by yourself with more than that" if I were your superintendent, I'd cut your staff and let you do just that, everyday. Maybe get more English or Math teachers with the money saved from having an overflow of band directors. You said you could do it, so don't complain.
I could run a marching rehearsal by myself with more than that. I could babysit a classroom if they were working on S/E with that many students. I could even have one group work in practice rooms, (brass or woodwind or complete other ensemble), while I ran a rehearsal with another ensemble. It isn't that tough. Unless these kids are beginners you should be fine. And if you have the facilities to have 150 kids rehearsing in two different rooms you probably have the room to split them up, give them a task, and keep the education moving forward.
I agree to an extent but, you actually don't know how long this person has been in teaching. You are assuming it is someone early in their career. They could be late in their career. Another point. You don't know how large the band classes are, either. What if one band is split into two bands but now they have to be together with 120 total kids at once with two different sets of music? What if other classes are split between woodwind and brass and now have to be combined giving a total of 150? I say this because I was placed in the same situation before I retired years ago. And this happened not once, not twice, but four times in one semester. I handled it fine, but my point is, don't assume.