Allowable conflicts with performances
Date: May 6, 2012
I have tried to set a high standard for the kinds of things that would excuse a student from participating in a performance. My policy has been that only other legitimate school activities (sports, usually), illnesses and family deaths would excuse a student from participating in a performance that has been on the calendar all year. I am actually quite lenient with sports conflicts especially (I've learned not to wrestle with that beast). But I've been drawing the line at everything else, including theater productions outside of school. Some of my choir kids are naturally involved in different local musical theater companies that have nothing to do with the school. They've complained when I've zeroed out a performance grade because they decided that their tech rehearsal was more important than the choir's concert.
My gut tells me that I'm doing the right thing by holding the bar high, but now that I'm starting to lose a couple of my better singers I'm struggling with whether or not it's good to be inflexible about my policy, but if being more flexible about exceptions wouldn't be a minefield of perceptions of unfairness, etc. I want to hold a high standard and expect that my choir students will prioritize performances over just about anythign else they've got going on, but I don't want to present a situation that drives away some of the most talented singers because of grading fears due to conflicts.
So I'm just wondering how the more experienced teachers on this board handle this issue. What kinds of conflicts do you allow for performances and festivals? And if a student has to miss a performance, do you allow them to make up the points somehow?
Replies (15): Threaded | Chronological