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Re: Quit Middle Semester
Focus on the kids and build a working relationship with them. If the kids buy in and are excited about what you set as goals and opportunities then they will work harder meet those goals. Administrators, coaches, and directors come and go. Make your goal to brighten those kids lifes that are in front of you. Challenge them, push them, care for them, and celebrate those kids. The students are the reason we should be in this profession. You don't have to work 80 hrs a week to let them know you care about them. They can tell simply from daily interaction with you.
I had a student this year new to high school band that didn't pass a single class most of the time last year. This year they passed every class because he wanted to go to games and contests and take trips with the band.