Posted by New, but also old on 10/21/2020, 1:21 pm
So Iím new to my campus, not new to teaching. Thereís been a high turnover rate at my new school because of factors not related to the school. Basically, itís a fantastic situation, wonderful fine arts staff, supportive administrators, healthy budget, etc. Iím the 3rd head director that the 8th graders have had in three years and my personality is very different from the two previous directors. Not better, not worse, just different. Anyway, I have one student in class who is very sensitive. Iím learning more and more about the kiddo and am doing my best to keep this student happy in class. Last week, student had a melt down because they werenít playing one note of their scale correctly. I told them theyíve got a wrong fingering on a certain note, and they played the same thing incorrectly multiple times (probably about six times). I told the student to play for me the next day. Student took their ligature off and threw it on the floor then refused to participate for the rest of class. I told the student to either join us or excuse themselves from class. They decided to continue to just sit, so I excused the student from the class. The next day, student and I had a private meeting in my office and we talked about their frustrations. Student cried and was upset that the other kids werenít practicing, etc. We were already planning sectionals, but we started them this week and the deal is, if the kid comes to all 7 rehearsals, they get to come to a pizza party in December. Weíre getting lots of great work done outside of class and the music is really coming together. Student didnít attend. Ok, fine. Itís not graded, itís not required, itís just extra help outside of the class period to help bridge the knowledge gaps from COVID and help to reinforce what weíre working on in class. Student now seems happier. Hooray!! |
Now hereís where it gets weird. Another teacher told me today that theyíve heard that mom of student (who works at the campus) is telling other teachers that I have no classroom management and make kids cry. This came back to me third hand, but the specifics that were given enough that I knew exactly who was complaining (student). So what would you do? Talk to Mom? Let it go? Iím a bit irritated that Mom is taking kidís word for whatís actually happening in class (Iíve never made this student cryó-student cried because student is sensitive and I wasnít mean at alló-but mostly because Mom is talking to other colleagues about my class without reaching out to me first. Maybe I answered my own question? But then again, I donít know how to approach the situation in a way thatís not like, ďHey, I heard youíre talking about me to other peopleĒ because thatís whatís really bothering me in this situation.