Re: Very Young BDís as HDís: A set up for failure?
Posted by Came out successful on 7/18/2020, 10:19 pm, in reply to "Very Young BDís as HDís: A set up for failure? "
I'd like to think I was "successful" at my first job. I'm not usually one to brag, but you asked what steps I took to make it happen. |
As a first-year teacher, I was the lone band director in charge of a small high school program. The district made it very difficult to collaborate with even my feeder MS. The district did not believe in team-teaching, and insisted that every teacher have a full load of classes, so traveling to the other campus regularly was not possible. We talked on the phone and via email, but that was it. I sought a lot of advice from friends in the business, former college professors, on this board, and other online forums. I went to every clinic I could at TMEA and TBA. I made a lot of mistakes, learned from them, and got better. Every year my band got better. We earned straight Div I at UIL my last year there, and I moved on to a district that cares more about having a good band program.
It wasn't easy. It wasn't ideal. I would much rather have started off as an assistant somewhere instead of jumping into the deep end. I would probably be a better band director today if I had found a good assistant job somewhere with a good head director as a mentor. The fact is, after countless applications and several interviews, I only had one offer on the table and I took it.
It really sounds like your district needs a mentoring program. Maybe you should start one? Even if it's just an informal reaching out to the younger directors. We're all proficient on Zoom now, you don't even have to go out.