But you're just a substitute...
Date: October 2, 2013
Currently, I seem to be in a peculiar and difficult situation. I recently graduated college, and am substitute teaching while searching for a permanent placement in a school system. The choral teacher at one of the middle schools where I regularly sub retired on Friday, and I am the sub (for an indefinite length of time) until they find/finalize a replacement. I have also applied for the job, but have not been selected for an interview. My biggest probem at this point is figuring out where to go with the students. My background is primarily instrumental, so my experince with vocal pedagogy is limited.
I wish the students were already working on pieces, or had an established class routine, but I have nothing to go on. It is also hard to manage extremely unruly students, in a class they have no interest being in, when you really have no authority or means to carry out consequences. I don't want to waste their time doing worksheets, but if they aren't working on a worksheet, the room is chaos. I hate having to yell to get their attention, and all of the rhythmic clapp and response techniques just invite literally 15 minutes of students making their own 'beats' on whatever is near them-including other students.
Honestly, any advice would be great at this point. Activities, beginning songs for choir, behavioral techniques...anything.
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