You are happy! You just got a job teaching strings! And now you need all the orchestra teaching ideas you can get!
I hope this orchestra teacher ideas post can help you with your teaching position at the beginning of the school year!
Here is a detailed article with ALL you need to start a successful new year. You will also find lots of free resources downloads and materials to make beginning of your school year easy and pain free! In whatever school situation, this article will be helpful.
How To Best Prepare For a New String Teaching Position
Preparation for a new string teaching position could require a lot of your time and energy before the school year starts. So here are some tips with what you may be expected to do and how to make it easier.
Start With A Great Letter to Parents
This could be tricky to do when you haven’t done it. So here is a ready and free beginning of the year parent letter you can just download here and use!
What Do I do on the First Day of School
There is a bit of anticipation and anxiety. You don’t know who your new students will be. You don’t know how they will respond to you. You want that first impression to be the best it can be.
I have found that making a personal connection with the students is most important before you talk to them about procedures and the specifics of getting their own instrument and learning. Here is a ready lesson plan that you can use if’d like.
What Will My Administrator Most Likely Expect
Most cases they will want:
Unit lesson plan. Here is one that I have used through the years with great success!
Some schools expect them. Here is a ready essential question poster set for orchestra
Some administrators expect music standards to be poster in the classroom. That may not be the case with charter and private school programs. But you can expect it in a public school environment. You can find the national standards here and get some ready made posters from Teachers Pay Teachers Site.
Get Help and Support
This is important! Don’t underestimate this tip! Starting a new position anywhere is stressful. You will find out that you will need to be flexible and there will be unexpected things. It is crucial that you get support and you can talk to other teachers when difficult things happen.
Finding a mentor is important. Find someone you feel comfortable discussing what is going on at your work.
This blog’s purpose is to provide ideas and support to new teachers. So to prevent some of this, you may enjoy these articles from our prevent stress page of the blog about handling stress and being tired at the beginning of the school year and after.
Orchestra Classroom Ideas for Beginning of the School Year
Beginning of the school year and especially the first days of school in orchestra can be tricky. It can take more planning. So I am including a ready lesson plan for the first day of school, ready letter to parents as well as additional ideas you may find helpful. We just did a post with many orchestra ideas combined which you can find here!
Most Important: Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride!