January and February can hit a middle school chorus teacher square between the eyes.
The dark, cold days can be trying ones. It isn’t easy motivating children to sing when they are struggling with the difficulties of getting back into the daily rigor and routine of life. If our classroom management techniques haven’t been as strong as we would like, we are now dealing with the repercussions…day after dark winter day.
The symptoms are the same for all of us who teach middle school children.
They range from testing of rules and boundaries to a slacking in the work ethic.
So, what do we do?