Avoiding Overwhelm By Focusing On The Wonderful Joy Of Teaching

As teachers & studio owners, avoiding overwhelm is about finding the joy of teaching each day.  We want to create the best experience for our students & their families.  But, there are times when that backfires.  Especially during times of change.  Instead of fun & joy, our days are filled with a series of tasks …

Settling Into a Routine … Again

This is a time of year that many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions and are struggling to keep up with them.   I know this because I have been that person in the past more times than I care to admit.
This week, I’ll be letting you know how my students and I are settling into a routine again, but with a mind on how we can reach our goals in the next few months!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … except when it isn’t

Years ago, I was a junior high teacher at a special needs school. It came with lots of joy when a student would have a breakthrough behaviourally, developmentally, or academically. But, it also came with its challenges.

While most students eagerly await winter break & the change in routine, for many special needs students this can be a time of stress. At the school, we always knew that December & June were going to be tough months for both students & teachers. For students, the upcoming change in routine tended to lead to anxiety, more frustration with routine tasks, & a big focus on what the new routine over the holidays would be. For teachers, it required a lot more patience & an eagle eye as we did our best to keep things from escalating. How do we help our piano students transition to the upcoming winter break?