Help! New Teacher Seeks Advice!!!
Date: August 21, 2013
I am a first year teacher right out of college. This year, I took a job in a small school district not far from my hometown where I now teach K-12 vocal and general music. The teacher before me was very lenient on what she allowed the students to do during class time, both in the elementary and secondary programs. As a new teacher, this terrifies me! In the high school, I feel that I have eliminated the kids who were just in choir to goof around. However, elementary kids are all required to take general music. What can I do to try and chage their behavior? Any tricks or signals that you use in your classrooms would be welcomed; I'm completely out of ideas!
Also, I have a group of 3rd grade students for an hour of general music one day a week. Because this time is so much longer, I feel that it will be difficult to keep the kids engaged the entire time. I have thought of taking breaks periodically throughout the class and giving them one large break to use the restroom and get a drink, but I am unsure how to break everything up and still get the required lessons in! Yikes! Any advice on that is welcome as well!
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