You allow your students to engage in behavior that is not in their best interest, and make excuses for their behavior. You do work hard to make your classroom a warm and welcoming space, but end up being a push-over.
You have the best of intentions, but you worry that your students have too much going on in their lives to handle much musical challenge. You’ve kept your curriculum simple and fun to keep the peace.
Even though students love you, you feel disrespected by the adults in your building. They view your program as a “break” or a “fun thing to do” rather than an essential part of the school. As a result, you don’t get the funding, time, space, or other resources you’d like or need.
You see your students struggling with any number of issues: poverty, violence, trauma, food insecurities, bullying… and your heart is just breaking for them. Feeling so much for so many students weighs on you, and you worry constantly for their well-being… and your own.
You know that you teach students before you teach music, but the stress of caring about so many student is weighing on you.
No power struggles here: the students know they can bowl right over you. Sure, they feel like they can be themselves in your classroom, but they also won’t listen to anything you say.
Students aren’t performing at the level you’d like, and students/families know your class is easy-peasy.
You can upgrade your program in three simple steps:
SET THE STAGE: Uncover the core values amongst your students, staff, and community with the power of data
ENVISION THE OUTCOMES: Create a values based mission and ultimate outcomes for your entire program that are grounded in equity and connection
CREATE AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN: Promote buy-in and prevent burn-out with personalized growth and implementation plans for each teacher
If you’re ready to stop hoping things will get better, ready to have a guide through a complete transformation, ready to sure up your program’s legacy, let’s get started today!
The Critical Good