Teaching My Rowdy Class Essay

1869 Words Oct 10th, 2016 8 Pages
The bell rings. Another class has started. Let the torture of teaching my rowdy class begin. My students start to unpack, but Harold forgot his cello, and Sally can’t find her music. Above the rustle of papers and chairs, I hear two of the violinists fighting over a chair. I finish writing the agenda on the board. As I turn to face the class, a pencil flies past my face. Now, this obviously is an extreme example of a disorganized classroom. However, even when a class does not include fighting students and flying pencils, it can still have an unfavorable environment. The environment is made of the physical aspect, such as classroom setup and decorations, and the atmosphere, such as is determined by the attitudes and actions of students and teachers. Though influenced by the students, the main indicator of classroom environment is the teacher. It is extremely important, then, for the teacher to correctly setup the class in order to help students. The environment of a music class can either foster growth among the students as individuals and an ensemble, or it can become detrimental to the learning process. When the student or ensemble is not progressing, it is digressing. There is no middle ground. “When there is no progress, there is only digression… There is no such thing as stillness, which neither moves nor withdraws” (Matsumoto). When a class stops learning, the tendency is for them to lower their expectations. Those lowered expectations lead to students putting in less…

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