I grade on participation. That’s it. That’s all my students have to do to earn the highest possible grade in my class. You’d think that would be easy. Participate……Try……..I’m not even a crazy stickler for how hard they try if they are giving me some effort because I understand that music is not everyone’s thing. Plus, I was quite the shy child growing up (no one believes me but it’s true) so I understand that not everyone is going to be excitedly raising their hand or singing at the top of their lungs. Some students are not risk-takers. Some students have a lot going on in their lives (parent deployment, bullying, etc.) I’m not a pushover but I’m fair (Note: fair is not equal) yet there are always a couple students that require more reminders than the majority.
Note: a participation grade is not a form of assessment. Participating in my class does not guarantee that students are proficient in the objectives we are working on. I already fight to be taken seriously as a teacher but that’s a whole other soapbox that I won’t get to.
Even though my students know my expectations, participation can sometimes be a battle. It is not a frequent battle because, not to brag but, I’m good at my job. I’m good at creating quality and enjoyable lessons. I’m not the best music teacher ever but I strive to be some day. Even still, participation can sometimes be like pulling teeth.
I found this phrase on Pinterest and redesigned it for my classroom. It’s not going to solve every problem but it is a visual reminder I can point to. Enjoy!
Birdy Version is available for download in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store
Thanks for reading!