Planning lessons can take up a lot of time. When I first began teaching, I was told to budget an hour for each hour I taught. Thankfully, there are tools that have taken that planning time to a much more reasonable & sustainable level.
Over the summer, I like to make a list of tasks that I want to accomplish before the rush of a new school year starts. While I like to relax as much as the next person, there is something about extended periods of doing nothing that just doesn't work for me. Rather than making a big list (like I usually do), this year I thought I would focus on big-picture goals or ideas that I could easily get into ... once the euphoria of lazing on the deck wears off. Here are the resources that will help me reach those big picture goals!
I LOVE checklists, to-do lists, call-it-what-you-want lists. But, what I don't like is all the small slips of paper or post-its hanging out on my desk. Or, having to choose my purse size based on whether my to-do notebook fits inside with everything else. I know that Google Keep has changed the way that I handle my to-do list substantially. This is my review of the app & how it can improve your productivity!
As we get close to the end of June, it's natural to have some students leaving the studio. Sometimes, it's due to a move away from the area. Other times, priorities or financial situations have changed & lessons are no longer an option. And, other times ... well, perhaps we are breathing a sigh of relief after a tough year with a particular family. (Though hopefully this last one is a rare occurrence.) How can we say goodbye in a manner that leaves everyone positive?
At this time of year, I am always torn between finishing out the year with a bang & wanting to get going on next year's plans. So this week, I wanted to share the articles & ideas that kept my excitement up ... during a time of year that typically leads to burn out.
Registration is in full swing in my studio & that means I am deep into scheduling. While I love many aspects of travel teaching, I will admit to feeling a wee bit jealous of my in-studio colleagues when it comes to scheduling. While I have learnt that scheduling will always be a jigsaw puzzle for travel teachers, there are ways to ensure that your final schedule doesn't become a headache for the rest of the year. This is your guide to scheduling your travel schedule!
I am sure we all have horror stories of 'those' clients. The ones that seem to truly think that we sleep under the piano bench, our schedule only involves their family, or our policies don't actually apply to them. We might love the kids, but the drain of week after week of unreasonable and last-minute requests catch up quickly. But, it doesn't have to be this way! Here is a 3-step process to ensure that you get the BEST clients for your studio!