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Re: Students Practicing
Iím in a tough situation this semester and to alleviate it I started using Google Classroom to assign/assess things. I can grade everything when I have time instead of halting class for days. They understand that I may disinvite them from UIL if they havenít passed off their music, AND their grade lol reflects whether or not they know the music. This has put the coaches solidly on my side, with several of my little darlings having pushed plates across the gym three weeks in a row now for missing band assignments. I suddenly have kids in the band hall every morning and afternoon where it used to be a mausoleum, and theyíre getting better because theyíre having to turn these sections in and that requires at least a nominal amount of practice.
Yes, there are a few who havenít turned in an Amen Praise Jesus thing, but those are also the kids who are constant problems everywhere and probably wonít be going to contest anyway. The other kids are slowly improving, and by the end of this cycle they will be able to play so much more than we could when we started. Itís not perfect, but itís a truckload better than it used to be.