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Re: Talkative Band
I've had those years. They are very frustrating. I don't know what your teaching situation was like last year. How much did the kids see each other? They may just be so happy to see each other again and it will calm down once the newness is over. On the other hand, they could be one of those talkative groups. Take time to set expectations now. Have them line up in the hallway. Calmly tell them how you expect them to enter the band hall, where to put their backpacks, how to get their instruments, where to put their cases, what to do when they get to their seats. Be very detailed. Explain why it is important to do it this way. Make sure they know it is because you care and not because you are a mean band director (and then they want to quit). Then have them enter the band hall. If a student doesn't do it, make them all go back out into the hallway and line up and try it again. Keep doing this until they realize you are serious. It could take a couple of days, but it will save you a lot of frustration and rehearsal time later. If they start to slip up later after having done it right for a while you can just say "do we need to go out into the hall and come in again?" They will usually go "NO!" and go back to how they have been trained. You can also send out individuals to "try again". I also train them that when I put my hand in the air they need to get quiet. Get "the stare" and look at those that are not doing what is expected. I wish you the best.