I started this blog more than five years ago. I have now come to the conclusion of my 10th year of teaching. In this article and the upcoming series, I reflect on some of what I have learned in my 10 years of teaching.
It strikes me that much of what I have written on this blog, especially in the older articles is simply wrong. Some of the information can be misleading or easily misunderstood. In the upcoming weeks and months, I aim to readdress some of those same issues from my new, far more patient and friendly mindset. At the same time, there are some core beliefs I held to in those early days that are ever strong in me and I want to really bring those out as well.
Over the last two school years, I have been in a situation where I see a lot of newer music teachers on a fairly regular basis, some even on a daily basis. I have forgone blogging to a great degree so I could do more one-on-one work with some of them. Through this process, I have gained a great deal of insight and I want to share some of those things with the blogging audience in the near future as well.
And the final note, I just updated WordPress (and lost an entire blog entry in the process). I do plan to make minor adjustments to the layout of the blog and declutter some. I haven’t done any major changes to the layout in over two years and things have changed quite a bit since then as far as web design and social media go, so it’s time. But before I go, I leave you with a question:
For the newer teachers: What are some of the things that concern/scare you about the upcoming school year?
For the seasoned veterans: What are some of the things that you know now that you wish you had known back then?