Mark Calima is an experienced music educator with more than ten years in the profession.
As the Director of Bands at Westfield High School in Houston, Texas, Mark Calima has been helping develop student leaders for more than a decade. Through his teaching and support, he has been providing his students with the skills needed to succeed in school, college, and life.
To be a successful student leader, you have to have the following qualities.
- You have to stay authentic, especially if you are faced with challenges. You want to always stay true to yourself and your values.
- Always listen to others and keep an open mind. It is important to take into consideration all ideas presented as it promotes a collaborative and creative environment. You need to be able to adapt to changing situations and be comfortable handling suggestions from those around you.
- To achieve common goals, successful leaders know when to delegate tasks. You need to know when to delegate responsibility to those around you while being willing to go above and beyond to get the work done.
- Successful leaders always learn from their mistakes. Always be prepared for the worst and take responsibility for the outcome. You need to be able to learn from your experiences and plan for the future.
- You have to continue to gain knowledge and improve your skills. The more you know the better you’ll be at inspiring others.
Leaders are not born, they are made through hard work and dedication. Mark Calima, Director of Bands at Westfield High School, has been helping students become successful leaders through music education.
Mark Calima knows that being a good teacher is challenging. He has been a band director in Houston for nearly fifteen years. It has become more difficult to empower your class with all the information that is readily available online. Here are some tips to help keep your students motivated and inspired.
- Your students are highly motivated by you. So you want to be sure to bring excitement to your lessons and positive energy to your class.
- Provide opportunities for friendly competition. When students are in competition with one another, they are developing a sense of responsibility and gaining a sense of awareness.
- Provide your students with feedback on their performance. This allows them to keep track of their progress and stay motivated to continue their success and improve on their failures.
- Recognize their achievements. When you find a student that has mastered a particular skill or is excelling within the classroom, recognize those achievements. Even the smallest of acknowledgments can help inspire and motivate your students.
- Include technology in their learning. Kids love technology and allowing them to use it in their learning can inspire them to succeed.
Mark Calima has been inspiring his students for nearly fifteen years. Using a combination of techniques educators can show their students that learning is fun and inspire them to find success both in school and beyond.