Maintaining Motivation with MS Boys
Date: September 1, 2012
We just completed our first week of school and I am happy to announce that I am teaching two sections of MS 7th and 8th grade boys, each with about 40 boys! Last year was my first year of teaching and we had one class of 45 boys. Those boys nearly did me in last year. We had a lot of managment and motivational issues.
This year, I have dramatically changed the way that I am handling the boys' classes. They are engaged and respectful... for now. I have heard several teachers call the first week of school the "Honeymoon Phase." My worry is that once the newness of choir as a class and of me as a teacher wear off, the class will slip back into last year's routine of misbehavior and disrespect. I am working to keep the classes as fast paced as possible, but if anyone has different activities/warm-ups/plans that really tend to keep the boys engaged and motivated, your help would be most appreciated!
Stell Middle School
Assistant Choir Director