Classroom Management in Choral Settings
Date: November 4, 2010
Many teachers struggle with classroom management and often cite difficulties in this area as a primary reason for leaving the profession. I am intrigued by this topic and would love to learn more about the classroom management practices and problems that are specific to choral teachers. Here are a few open-ended questions to get the conversation rolling...
1. How do you define classroom management?
2. Do classroom management practices in choral settings differ from those in general education classes? If so, how are they different?
3. In a choir, the teacher/director is actively involved as a member of the ensemble and as an educator. What effect does this dual role have on classroom management practices and problems?
4. What challenges do you face regarding classroom management with your choir(s)?
5. Do you feel that your undergraduate pre-service training adequately prepared you to deal with management issues in your own choral classroom? If not, what suggestions can you offer to make undergraduate coursework in classroom management more relevant?
6. If you could offer one piece of advice about classroom management to new choral teachers entering the profession, what would it be?
Thanks for taking the time to share on this topic. I look forward to hearing from you!
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