CHANGING THE CULTURE

To be on time is to be late. To be early is to be on time!

I knew that once school started, I would still have to deal with the issue of being on time for class. I did not want to be dealing with referrals for tardiness, so I needed a plan. We had 5 minutes between classes so on the first day, I began each class at the 2 ½ minute mark. That first day only about half the band was seated when I began class, but no one was actually late for the bell. When someone asked what they had missed, I commented that the natural consequence of being late is that you miss the information shared. Within the week, every kid in the band was in the room, seated, and warming up at the 2 ½ minute mark. From that day on, if someone would come into the room to speak with me and the 2 ½ minute mark hit, the section leaders would begin warming up without me.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Culture changes are difficult to do. When you take over a new program any change will be seen as an attack on the way things used to be. Even if the entire culture needs to be changed, know that it is ill-advised to change too much, too soon. There will be some things like tardiness and talking that will need to be addressed immediately because of their impact on learning and growth. Whatever method you choose to address such issues, I encourage you to try to make them as organic as possible. Discipline might bring about change faster but will be less sustainable over time. An organic change, one in which the students choose to make the necessary adjustment in behavior, may take longer but is far more sustainable.

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