Re: I'm Struggling...
Posted by Inner-City BD II on 8/24/2020, 12:14 pm, in reply to "I'm Struggling..."
You might need to take a different approach. |
This is not the year to be worrying about turning around a struggling program. This is the year to worry about getting kids invested in your program and caring about band - to a lesser extent, school - and getting them invested in each other and in you.
NO ONE is going to make great musical strides this year. The best we can hope for is to not backslide too far. Most of our kids have lost half a year's instruction at this point, no matter how much we do "virtual" this and "online" that. The fact is, kids are LESS engaged in virtual learning than in in-person learning.
So what you need to do is get those kids engaged in band. Make it fun. Give them ownership. Get them interested in growing the program and making things better. Don't worry about a trophy or a contest this year - if anything, find a festival where nearly everyone gets a 1, play easy music, and make it work. UIL is NOT the goal for the developing program this year. Growth is.
Let's equate it to STAAR. You, personally, want your kids to get "Masters" (a 1). However, your kids are all behind grade level due to current and past circumstances. Your goal SHOULD be to get "approaches" (which is a 3!) or "meets" (2) at best.
Anyone doing hiring this year is going to know how screwed up EVERYTHING is in 2020-2021, and will keep that in mind for the next twenty years. Build up what you can.
In short, don't worry about the ratings. Don't worry about a "crumbling program." Don't worry about anything else but the social and emotional welfare of yourself FIRST and your kids SECOND. Band can come later.
Set your goals to accomplish this. "Get kids involved in the online classes." "Get X# of kids to participate in Zoom/Teams/Meet/whatever meetings." And at the end of the year, "Put on a concert with what I have left in the tank."
What you do this year will pay dividends next year and in years down the road. Rome wasn't built in a day. Use this year to set the foundation for years to come. It IS possible to completely turn around a program in a year - I've seen it done - but it's going to take a superhuman effort by you and by people that can come in and assist you to do it. Since you're already feeling burnout, scale back what you expect from yourself and your kids and make successes where you can.