Have you ever been to an inspiring conference, or participated in an amazing teacher training course, or simply had your mind blown by a TED talk and consequently resolved to change everything about your life?
In the thralls of motivation you decide to completely revolutionize your meal plan, your work out goals, the way you think about vulnerability/love/education/technology, and the way you operate as a professional. Perhaps you completely revamped the way you schedule your lessons, the way you expect students to review, or the manner in which you ask parents to take notes. Coming away from an inspirational learning experience, you want to change everything all at one.
But how much of that change lasts? How much of that change persists, and how much of it drifts back to your state before the moment of divine inspiration?
Much literature has been written about what to change in your teaching, but not not much has been written about how to make those changes. I’ve published many habits and routines that are seemingly minor on their own, but have had a huge net impact on the ease of learning in my violin studio. The “what to change” included…
Using a practice chart
Preparing your mind and body through meditation
Using growth language
Using time spent walking to practice teaching
I invited you to join me in making these changes in your teaching, but now I want to clarify “how” to do so. [Read more…]