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Re: Motivating the uncaring
I'm in the same situation as OP. I had a mentor recently tell me to teach to the top, which I love the idea of. However, in my current school (I'm in year two here), if I taught to the top, it'd be 2 or 3 kids in a class of nearly 20. That doesn't really bode well for the rest of the middle school or high school ensembles. Kids here aren't motivated by grades, intrinsic desire, competition. Mention a social activity and "that's boring" or "do we have to." Like really??? Call the parents and I had several last year straight up tell me to stop calling because they were tired of hearing about their kids missing assignments. And it's like that in their other classes, too. The culture here is toxic and I can't wait to leave. Every other director in the district thinks the same and every previous one I've heard from had the same struggles. If anyone has any more ideas, though, I'd definitely love to hear them!