Can you believe it is already June? Most years tend to fly by in a flurry of wonderful activities, milestones & celebrations. But this year feels like it went by even faster than normal. I hear that this tends to happen as we get older … I just didn’t realize it happened this quickly!
Are you getting in vacation mode?
June tends to be the month when everyone is just … done. “No more pencils! No more books! No more teacher’s dirty looks!” Hopefully none of our students will be able to chant about dirty looks from us!
It can be easy to just coast along for the last weeks before summer. But, why do that to ourselves & our students? No one wants to feel like they are counting the minutes on the clock until lesson is over.
Let’s ensure everyone (students, parents & you) have an enjoyable lesson time by avoiding “The Dreaded June Slide“.
Activities to keep students engaged
Each week we have something new going on in the studio until our last hurrah. It has really helped keep students focused each & every lesson because there is deadline in sight.
Two of the activities that have become staples in my studio are:
- Student-led conferences where the student teaches a parent.
- Group lessons that are held outside! (more on this next week)
They are both fan favourites & are fabulous for reviewing what we have done this year in a fun way! They also let parents see why they hired us … as opposed to another random teacher.
Take time to reflect on the year
At lesson this week, one of my little guys counted to 10 all on his own. As soon as he was done I gave him a big high 5. As he did moved onto something else I turned to his mom & whispered, “Remember September?” “I know! He has made so much progress!” she whispered back.
Counting to 10 may not seem like a big deal … until you find out that he was unable to count to 3 in September & had really struggled with learning the basics at first due to learner issues. He has an amazing kindergarten teacher (she taught one of my kids) & we have worked on his counting in piano lessons almost every week. To see him confidently count on his own was amazing!
Whether it is taking time to reflect on the year ourselves by collaborating with other teachers or having students reflect on their year, this is a great time to take a step back & remember how far we all have come!
Saying goodbye isn’t easy
This year, I will be saying goodbye to 2 students that I have taught for years. They are moving onto a new stage & piano just won’t be fitting into their incredibly busy schedules.
As we say goodbye to students, let’s make sure we celebrate the great memories, wish them well, & keep those lines of communication open if they ever want to return.
Your best June ever
Perhaps you are done teaching & will be taking a well deserved break. Or, holding group lessons. Or, planning out next year.
Share in the comments below … What will you be doing in your studio this month?