1. BE READY TO PLAY AND WARMED UP 5 MINUTES AFTER THE BELL RINGS.
Rationale: In band class it’s easy for students to get distracted playing their instruments and making noise or showing off what they’ve prac- ticed. Band involves bigger classrooms so by having a consistent rehearsal start time the easier it will be to begin the lesson plan/rehearsal for the day.
2. BRING INSTRUMENT & PENCIL TO CLASS DAILY.
Rationale: If students don’t bring their instru- ments, then they can’t participate. This includes all instrument accessories such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, sheet music, etc.
3. POSITIVITEY & RESPECT
Rationale: Students all have feelings and express emotion. This is to ensure that all students feel safe and accepted. Put-downs and bullying is not acceptable and will not be tolerated whatsoever.
4. PARTICIPATE (IN CLASS & OUTSIDE EVENTS) Rationale: Music requires participation from all students. Compositions utilize many instruments, so if we are missing parts, then the music will sound “off”. Every semester the band participates in festivals, competitions, and performances. These aren’t optional, but rather required in lieu of tests and contribute to the students final grade.
5. PRACTICE & PREPARE
Rationale: Students are expected to practice their music and prepare for any performances the ensemble may have. If one student struggles to practice it reflects on the entire ensemble. It only takes one individual to to affect an entire band.
6. ASK FOR HELP
Rationale: Music is not easy. Students should ask for help from me, the teacher, or from their fellow peers whenever they need assistance. The band is a team and we should be able to help one another.
The limit setting action plan will incorporate the following steps which you can see below. These steps will be assosciated with my personal classroom management and discipline philosophy in regards to creating an enviornment where learning is productive and developmental. The purpose of the limit setting action plan is to implement a structured & organized atmosphere where students are aware of rules, procedures and what is expected to of them in order to learn in a positive and effective manner throughout the course of each school year.
1. Verbal Reminder
2. Verbal Warning
3. Instrument Away; Sit out for the day
4. Clean-Up Duty (Organization of chairs, stands, instruments)
5. Call to Parents
6. Ineligble to Participate in Events (Competitions, music trips and festivals) 7. Send to Principle/Referral (But only if absolutley serious!)
Effective teachers shouldn’t send students to heirarchy individuals, such as the principal or dean (at least right away), however they should find reasonable consequences that enforce students to behave in appropriate manners. With effective classroom management, students should have no problem follow- ing classroom procedures and rules.
At the high school level, I believe students should definitely be expected to behave appropriately, however teenagers will be teenagers. They make mistakes and sometimes positive reinforcement & rewards can instill motivation and fun in the classroom. Incentives along with positive consequences go hand in hand in my classroom. The following is a level based chart with a sample of how I plan to establish positive incentives in my classroom. This chart is based on another SCU colleagues discipline management plan.
With positive consequences & incentives incorporated into my classroom enviornment, it will allow for students to positively engage themselves in active healthy participation which ultimatley takes up a precentage of their overall class grade. Reflecting back to my third philosophy, these incentives will support healthy posi- tive competition to allow to students to aspire to reach certain levels of betterment in the classroom. There are a variety of forms of positive incentive including, smiling, verbal praise, clapping for students that are noticiablly improving, simple prizes such as pencils and candy to students who have been going above & beyond. Students who continuously surpass my expectations shall gain further praise such as considerations to be featured solo- ists, leadership roles, ability to provide suggestions for music the band plays, awards and more. My hope is that this will create a positive fun enviornment that will allow students to be motivated and eager to progress.