It’s summer, and it’s time for a change of pace. Instead of sharing my lesson ideas as usual, I want to take you behind the scenes (aka my home office). As some of you know, I quit teaching about three years ago in order to devote 100% of my time to sharing lesson ideas with all of you and creating education resources for my store the Yellow Brick Road.
Having lived this life for three years now, teaching is still the hardest job I ever had. Hence why I have everlasting respect and gratitude for every teacher I meet.
That being said, I’ve learned so much about my career in the past few years. I’ve grown as a content creator and resource producer (say that five times fast). And while I don’t expect all that I’ve learned to apply to your life as a music teacher, there are areas of commonality. For example…
1. If you don’t value your time, neither will anyone else.
The first year I became a work-from-home gal, I fielded several calls from people who just wanted to chat in the middle of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly okay with dropping everything for a friend who’s just experienced a break-up or a family member who is in need of serious help.
However, I’m not okay being bombarded with someone’s shopping list and a detailed description of how they plan their meals. Oh, and by the way, did I know that so-and-so said such-and-such to so-and-so?
Eventually, I learned to set boundaries.
If I received a call that had gone beyond a reasonable amount of time, and contained no vital information, I politely explained that I needed to “get back to work”. Respect is a two-way street. If others don’t respect your time, then you are justified in setting boundaries and teaching them how to respect it.
2. Some people will never accept that you have a “real job”.
It’s their problem, not yours.This issue used to be my pet peeve. Nowadays, it’s much easier to shrug off the naysayers. I’m passionate about the work that I do, and I’m proud that my resources are helping music teachers and students all over the world. There’s no doubt in my mind that making a positive difference in the lives of teachers and children is my life’s work.
3. Comparison is the Thief of Joy. Seriously. Stop it!
It’s no wonder that we start to feel as though we don’t measure up.Instead, ask yourself what your students would think.
- Will your students care that you presented at a national conference or will they pay more attention to how you treat them with compassion?
- Will your students remember if you finished all your curricular goals this year or will they remember how much fun they had playing music games in your class?
We can spend our time comparing ourselves to others or we can spend our time focused on the positive difference we’re making in the lives of students.
4. Thinking IS doing.
5. Asking for Help is NOT a sign of weakness.
“Refusing to ask for help when you need it is refusing someone the chance to be helpful.”