June. The weather is perfect for dinners on the patio, a fantastic fruity drink in hand, kids running around with their friends not to be seen for hours, visiting with friends in the extended evenings & relaxing in the sun (or shade, if you burn like I do). Or, perhaps your June looks a little more like our home & you are ready for summer to be here. These are the signs that your students or you are done ... & what to do to keep the excitement going until the very last lesson.
If you have read The Unfinished Lesson for awhile, you may have noticed that I write quite a bit about balancing priorities & creating a studio environment that works for the individual teacher. So, why am I so passionate about this topic? This is my journey from stressed out teacher to successful studio owner!
As I was looking at my (long) list of goals for 2017, I realized that if I actually want to reach these goals some changes to my schedule needed to happen. How could I make the most of each moment I had available without feeling like I had become a robot?
This will be the last post of 2016. It has been a wonderful year of sharing ideas &, hopefully, helping you in your teaching & business side of your studio.
Back in my early years of teaching, one of my bosses pulled me aside one day and said, "Rosemarie, I don't want you to be a great teacher. I want you to just be a good enough teacher." Now, this is not normally what you would expect your boss to say regardless of your profession. … Continue reading Staying Focused When You Just Want to Chill …
It's been a few years since I have lost my voice, but this week I lost my voice. I suppose I could have called in sick, but none of my students would have heard me on the video lesson anyway. What to do? It may seem like the death-toll to a week's worth of teaching, but (thankfully?) I have been in this situation before so I had some ideas of what to do. I dusted off the cobwebs & used several of the same strategies this week. Ironically, many of them are just good everyday teaching practices.