Daily Rehearsal "Objectives" - need suggestions
Date: March 12, 2014
My new principal is requiring all classes have written objectives for each class meeting. I already list my rehearsal plan on my board, but that's not enough. They are requesting I focus on one or more "objectives" that can be quanitified and discussed for student self-assessment ("OK everyone, did we meet our objectives today?") as well as instructor assessment. Having taught high school choral music for 25 years, I've having a bit of a hard time making this work for me. As we all know, we are assessing our choirs every moment of every rehearsal and focusing our attention (objectives) on what ever is needed at each moment, be it diction, tone quality, expression or just simply learning the notes. I do all of these things every class, all the time...I can't divide it up into "Today we are working on....I find myself just making up stuff to put on the board just in case an administrator comes into my room (such as "Let's explore the diction needs in this particular song...) and then not even looking at it or refering to it as the rehearsal progresses. This "objective" concept is doing me no good at all.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who is having to deal with this stuff. I'd love to hear what has worked for you and suggestions for making this really work so it's not just daily busy work for me. Thanks.