When your students deliberately misinterpret your instructions
Date: March 16, 2016
Today in class I spent a lot of time on music that my students have already learned and performed. We have an upcoming trip, where we will perform that music, and we can improve, but they have developed some bad habits. In working with those habits today, especially spread vowels and too much "r", I modeled many times for my students and asked them to repeat after me. Many were deliberately doing exactly the opposite of my instructions, to their delight and my frustration. As a first year teacher, I'm at a loss. What do I do?