What's the Mood in Your Band Room?
My colleagues and I attended some district-wide professional development this past spring where we discussed the uniqueness of the adolescent learner. In discussing the emotional characteristics of this age group, we read that students revert most easily to the emotional state where they "spend" the most time. In other words, a student who is frequently angry becomes angered more readily. Conversely, those who tend to be happy a lot of the time slip into that emotion with