This is the time of year when things begin to slip. Cabin fever, early spring, full moon--blame it on whatever you want, but the kids seem more.....energetic, perhaps? That's a sure sign that it's time to revisit your rules and procedures. We've had a lot of new students move in at my school, and that always changes the dynamic of the classroom. So pretend it's for the benefit of our new friends, and take the time to review what you expect from your students. Consider it a condensed version of the first week of school. I promise, it will be worth your time!
As music teachers, we want our classrooms to be free, creative, and expressive, like we are. But too much freedom and creativity can lead to chaos, so how do we keep the balance? It's a question I ask myself every day. Really. EVERY DAY. So there's nothing wrong with you if you feel the same way! Even as a 20-year veteran of the classroom, I find reminders and tips very helpful. I highly recommend getting on the email list for Smart Classroom Management. You'll get a weekly tip in your inbox to help you keep on top of student behavior. They have the best tips and ideas to keep your classroom flowing smoothly, which makes for a happy teacher and, as a result, happy classes!