Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard D


Facilitation of learning and achievement of all students (in accordance with the SBE Universal Education Vision and Principles), including the ability to:

d. Discern the extent to which personal belief systems and values may affect the instructional process and grading, and adjust instruction and interactions accordingly;

This substandard addresses the teacher’s ability to plan instruction time and make adjustments to the learning environment based on outside influences present in the student’s life. This is a huge responsibility of the band director, especially during the marching band season. Marching band requires much of the student’s time outside of the daily “class” period. As a director, it is your responsibility to communicate to your students and their families the importance of each event and make sure the information is available in more than one source. By preparing a schedule for the semester or, as the Pennfield Band Program does, the entire year in advance, students and families can plan around scheduled band events and balance their school and home lives appropriately.

In the case of unplanned events, I have found my student teaching mentor’s words of advise the ones I plan to implement in my own philosophy; “You can’t require what’s unscheduled so use your best judgement and don’t be afraid to call off something that’s not going to work.” He is also as famous for his other over-used quote, “You can never be over-prepared as a band teacher!”

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