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I teach music, grades Preschool - 8th grade and am having some difficulties with classroom management for some of my middle school classes. I have them for 30 minutes, twice a week. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jan 27, 2014 12:35pm

  • Arts
  • 5-8
  • Behavior

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    • Feb 18, 2014 3:01am

      Jean Mercer, Thank you. That gives me some ideas on how to expand on something I am already using: Class of the Month, and Students of the month. When students follow the music rules through class, they get their names put in a bucket at the end of class. As long as 85% of the students get their names in the bucket! the class receives a sticker. The class with the most stickers at the end of the month receives Class of the Month, which means music game day or musical movie day, getting their pictures on a poster outside of the music room(which is right across from the gym, so parents, grandparents see it each week when they come for Mass), and an article in the school newsletter. If there is a tie, I put all the class names in a bucket and the principal draws. Also, I draw 20 names out of the K-3 bucket, and 20 names out of the 4-8th bucket and each of those students is recognized as Student of the Month with a certificate and small token out of the tart bag.

      • Feb 15, 2014 9:58am

        I was also having difficulties after Christmas Break. I implemented a Participation Rubric worth 20 pts each week. I have five areas worth 4 pts each - Prepared for class, listening habits, etc. whatever is best for your class...I post the grades each week and at first the parents were emailing me because of the 15/20, 13/20... For example, each time I had to address them for talking, I would take a point off. I felt I was being tested by the kids the first couple weeks but when they realized their grades were affected, there was an attitude adjustment. The last 2 weeks have been much improved. They listen, are more engaged and we are covering more material. It's great for my attitude also. I close with an active activity and they leave on a good note ;) I find it helps me to make the students more accountable and take ownership of their class learning.

        • Feb 15, 2014 12:41pm

          MS thank you for the idea, and that has been my dilemma most of the year. Up until this year, Half of my student's grades were participation/cooperation, now it is strictly standard based grading, and that makes it more difficult. I have tried rewarding appropriate behavior with an activity they enjoy, which sometimes works.