Category Archives: Classroom Management

“Note” Box

    Everyone wants to know that their voice is heard, that their opinions and feelings matter. This is seen in the workplace, at home, and at school. But how can a busy music teacher find time to listen to … Continue reading

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Handling Make-Up Work

We all have had that student, the one who misses class and then does not get the make-up work. He doesn’t ask for the work, he forgets what day he missed, or he whines to you that he needs the … Continue reading

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Resources: Teacher Enhancement

Finally, after a few years of subbing and teaching private lessons, I have begun to read the much-lauded book “The First Days of School” (Wong) Thus far it has been an excellent read. It stresses the importance of the first week … Continue reading

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ClassDojo This is an interesting website Miss G. showed me recently. It allows you to track student progress in-class and to easily share with parents the progress their student is making. I believe it is only free for a little … Continue reading

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Bad-a** Light-flippers !@#$%^&*

In my adventures of subbing for music classes I have come across a couple of classes with students who seem to think that flipping off the lights at the end of class somehow makes them hard core rebellious children. My … Continue reading

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Love and Logic Solution: Turn Your Word into Gold

Found this on the facebook page “Teachers with a Sense of Humor.” Not sure yet if there is more to this “Love and Logic” program, but I’m going to try to find out. Thought this was a good way of … Continue reading

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Not a Sub

I do not recall if I have mentioned this before, but I find that it’s helpful to tell the students that you are their “guest musician” rather than their “sub”. I even write my name on the board with the … Continue reading

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It will get better!

As I was subbing the other day, and lamenting the behavior of the terrible chorus children I had in those classes, I longed to have my own classroom. Then I thought to myself, “why would my own students be any … Continue reading

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The 4 Cs of Classroom Management

A very useful article that I got from my internship classes. The 4 Cs of Classroom Management

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Behavior Improvement Plan – Respect and Responsiblity

This is a form that was used at one of the middle schools I have worked in; it assists the student in thinking critically about their poor behavior and how it may have affected the classroom. While there will always … Continue reading

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