Mike--I think you're dealing with a different breed of cats. I find
that the music students in this district are the top honors kids whose
parents were willing to shell out $1000 for an instrument and make them
practice and take them to band in 6th grade which here is at 7am. Many
of my students are really underprivledged in many ways and they lack the
courtesies and values that good parenting would provide.
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Throwing this out to the list and maybe get responses to help cure
We just had our yearly art show which I believe was done very
featured some very strong work from our district. My top students from
8 and 9 did not show up to the show despite my usual ritual of
packaging up a
very nice custom made certificate and a show flyer in an envelope and
delivering these during lunch.
There was a State music contest going on the same day so we feared
lose some but the ones I'm talking about were not tied up that day.
This same problem, a lack of attendance from my stronger kids,
last year as well. Also, it's not just my kids, but the other teachers'
My question is this: I can't help but be a little peeved about
should I just chalk this up to their age and the times we live in. It
me that kids should treat this as an an honor but I guess some don't
that way. Is this common, and if not what can I do about it.
On a similiar note. I can't help but wonder about this music
day after our show I heard students bantering excitedly about their
the state test/contest. This got me thinking. Why are these kids so
about playing their instrument in a room with only a judge and nobody
see or hear them perform but they're not excited about having their
displayed where a ton of community residents could see and enjoy it.
I have to admit, I"m secretly a bit jealous of the music teachers.
Any thoughts on any of this ramble? Thanks for listening
Paul J. Gelinas JHS