The new year is just around the corner, so here are 10 New Year’s resolutions for band directors just in case you need any help setting goals…
- I will not pretend my baton is a lightsaber during band rehearsal.
- I will stop getting “sick” five minutes before faculty meetings.
- I will actually file music back in the music library when we are done instead of starting a stack that will pile up to the sky.
- I will cheerfully complete lesson plans for the administration even when they have nothing to do with how well I can actually teach band. Oh, and I’ll be sure to write all the learning objectives on the board every day too.
- I will remain calm when the copy machine breaks down. At least the first 3 times. In the first week.
- I will only conduct in the car when the car is completely stopped. (Well, I will only conduct in the car with both hands when the car is completely stopped.)
- I will refrain from telling the administration that “differentiation” and “vertical alignment” are second nature to band directors, and I could be giving this professional development instead of sitting in it.
- I will not threaten to take away the clarinets’ reeds every time they squeak.
- I will be grateful for the new teacher appraisal system. Not only will it fix all the problems with my teaching of music, it will help make sure I don’t think too highly of myself.
- I will not throw stands. I will not throw stands. I will not throw stands.
We don’t usually post “sarcastic” articles, but thought this would be a fun way to end the year. 🙂 Happy New Year everyone!
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