October 22, 2012 at 9:35 am #14074
I will be out of school for 4 weeks due to surgery. I have not told my students this yet. It will interfer with our December performance. I will have to cancel it because I will be out the month of December. I have no choice but to have this surgery. They are removing melanoma cancer. Does anyone have any words of advice on approaching my students. I should also add I teach elementary strings (3-5) so it is a little harder.October 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm #14132
Rather than totally cancelling – why not plan to have something in January a few weeks after you get back.
It would give them incentive to keep practicing during the weeks that you are away, and it actually splits the year more in half anyway.
Best wishes with your surgery, hoping everything turns out well.October 23, 2012 at 10:00 am #14172
Maybe I should add more to this. I teach elementary in a visual and performing arts magnet school. The rest of our calendar is full. Our Choir will continue on with the December show but there are no other openings in the school year (February – Dance, March – MIOSM, April – State Testing, May – School Musical). My leave will take me up to the Winter Break so I won’t be back until January. I guess when I come back we will start workingon MIOSM and music for the pit for the musical (yes, I said pit my kids play the pit in elementary)October 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm #14635
Is there anyone that could fill in as a substitute conductor for the concert? You could also consider having an in-school concert and invite parents to watch the students perform their pieces during your normal class period either right before you leave of after you return. If you do end up having to cancel entirely I would let the students know sooner than later that way so it’s not such a shock. Also, consider giving them some sort of fun activity/assignment to do while you’re gone, perhaps a music video project or something that they could send you before winter break to keep in contact throughout your absence.
Good luck with everything!
– Jessica HolcombNovember 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm #15452
Hello! I loved all the ideas posted for suggestions. How did everything work out for you finding a substitute or replacement in December? Whatever happens in your absence, remember how much you love your students and they love you.
Wishing you a successful surgery and an easy/speedy recovery. Please let us know how you are doing.
Best of everything,
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