Managing a larger program
Date: April 20, 2012
I teach 6-8 choir in a middle school. I just found out that next year's projected enrollment for my school's choir program will exceed 220 students. Five years ago, the program had 70, and this year we have 175.Tthings have changed a lot! Admittedly, I am not the most organized person and I'm feeling a little overwhlemed at the prospect of handling that number of students AND maintaining balance with my family life (I've got a great hubby and two young daughters). Unfortunately, there's no money in the budget to staff another position for assistance. This will be the largest choir I've ever taught. So... I am looking for some advice here!
How do you organize paperwork/student data?
How to you handle grading? Theory assignments?
How do you manage money/fees?
Is there a time-effective way to assess students individually? Some of my classes will exceed 45 students- I know that many teachers teach much larger classes than this, but it's new for me.
How do you evaluate your students' singing and ranges during class time without the class going completely off task?
My classes are generally well disciplined, but they aren't as large as they will be next year. Do you have any great tips for managing a larger group?
Any tips for dealing with a crowded room?
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