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"Strategies for Teaching Middle School Choir in a Diverse Community & Keeping Balance in Your Life"
Crestwood Middle School, Kentwood MI
Strategies for Managing the Middle School Choir
Capturing Kid's Hearts
Love & Logic
Top 6 Goals for Your Classroom
1. Develop self-managing classrooms
2. Decrease discipline Issues (Social Contract)
3. Utilize the EXCEL Teaching Model™
4. Build classroom rapport and teamwork to create a safe, trusting learning environment
5. Develop students’ empathy
6. Decrease power struggles & give choices
4 Primary Skills/Strategies
1. The EXCEL Leadership/Relationship/Teaching Model™
2. The Social Contract
3. Four Questions for Misbehavior
4. SOLER Listening
EXCEL Teaching Model for Lesson Planning
E Engage: Greet Students at the Door
X Xplore: Good News
C Communicate: Deliver your Lesson Objectives
E Empower: Students Practice & Apply Skills (Small Groups & Whole Ensemble)
L Launch: End & Send
1. Agreement of Behavior (create with ALL of your classes)
a. How do you want to be treated by me (leader)?
b. How do you want to be treated by each other?
c. How do you think I (leader) want to be treated by you?
d. How do we want to treat each other when there is conflict?
C - Communicate
Structure of Lesson Plan
1. Good News & Announcements
(Student led, teacher takes & attendance; 2 Snaps)
2. Positions 1 2 3
3. Physical Warm-ups with Music
(Teacher and/or Student led in Position 3)
4. Vocal Warm-ups
Hats & Glasses and Weekly VIP
The 4 Questions for Misbehavior
1. What are you doing?
2. What are you supposed to be doing?
3. Are you doing it?
4. What are you going to do about it?
1. Thumbs Up
2. Check (student led)
3. Time Out or Sh's
Question #5 (use at your own discretion)
5. What's going to happen if you do this again?
To be used 1 on 1 (close proximity)
or to Whole Ensemble
Teacher led & taught to students
*Review throughout the year!
Hang on Wall to Reference
E - Empower
5. Sight-reading (Position 2)
Small Group Practice
Final = Whole Ensemble Performance
6. Repertoire Rehearsal (Positions 1 - 3)
Combination of Teacher Communicating & Students Empowered via Practice
L - Launch (Position 1)
End & Send
Re-cap of Lesson's Objectives
1. Time Out Center
2. SEATING Chart
3. Minor & Major Behavior Referrals (PBIS)
4. Behavior Support Specialists (BSC)
1. Teacher Score Sheet
2. Student Score Sheet