The previous times that I have been gone on days that my "A day" 6th grade band has met, they have attempted to rehearse themselves-usually with a bit of success. (I usually am unable to find a music sub). After the first time that I was gone, they shared with me their frustrations of trying to be a student leader, and at the same time having kids in the band yelling out directions, trying to count off...etc, so we did a little impromptu conducting lesson and how to treat your peers when they are behind the podium. Just in case I was gone again and they wanted this again. Of course, I always provide an alternate lesson, but these kids are SO motivated that they just want to play and share their skills with whomever will listen.
So, I share with you what my 6th graders did on Friday and my sub sent me. I was really taken aback and moved a bit to tears. These are special kiddos and I am praying that they stay this way for a long time!