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by: emceethemusi
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Mar 6, 2012
2:33 am

Hi string teachers,

In January, I took over teaching a beginning violin group class for a colleague who got sick. There are 13 3rd-4th graders and we meet once a week for an hour. I am having lots of problems, and have been getting very discouraged, to the point where I don't want to go teach! These kids are, um, energetic, more like squirrely, chaotic. I feel like I have little control in the class; I spend half the time telling the kids not to talk, sing or PLAY while I'm giving instructions. I am trying to make the class fun for them- inventing games, handing out stickers, etc., but feel like they're just not interested, and that they want their old teacher back! Admittedly, I don't have a lot of experience with group classes, but am enthusiastic and wish to be more effective as a teacher! Does anybody have any advice regarding discipline for group classes, or ways to get everybody's energy level on the same page?

Emily
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by: trouchbaton
teacher member
Mar 6, 2012
11:38 pm

Let me start by telling the management that I tried to post a reply to emcee's note and got an error message. Tsk tsk!

Anyhoo, there are many methods to control a class, more than I can post here. Some to start with include moving about the room when teaching (kids misbehave less when the teacher is near them), having a classroom meeting once a week or month to have a pow wow on how the class is going, and working with the kids to form a list of class rules. The latter two techniques give the kids ownership in discipline, which helps.

There are also many books on different methods of classroom management. You need to look at several to see what works for you. Best place to start is the education/classroom management section at the local library (I have found that even the smallest library will have books on this topic.) When you have some titles and authors you like, then buy books from that author on Amazon.

good luck!

Beth Waleski, BA MM MS
Flute, oboe, voice, theory, conducting
Oakville, ON
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by: emceethemusi
teacher member
Mar 17, 2012
3:35 am

Thanks for the advice Beth. I especially like the idea of kids having a hand in forming class rules. I look forward to implementing new techniques for next school year!

Emily

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