As mentioned yesterday, a new series is being introduced here at Color In My Piano: a monthly forum of sorts, where readers put their heads together a discuss various topics. The success of this series depends on YOU, so please, type away!
Without further ado, allow me to introduce the topic for the June forum:
The June Forum: Making your Vocation a Vacation
The June forum is inspired by a couple of quotes I encountered a couple of days ago that really got me thinking about my piano teaching:
“Instead of wondering where your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” - Godin
“Make your vocation your vacation.” - Old adage
So the idea is to make your vocation as a piano teacher enjoyable for yourself, so that you aren’t living most of your life just getting by until the next vacation. =)
Now that summer vacation is here, ironically enough, I think this is a fitting topic to consider. I’m sure that some of you are probably taking summer vacation from teaching and others of you are probably going to be teaching as normal through the summer (personally, I’m somewhere in the middle – some students have stayed on and others are taking a summer break). Nevertheless, I’m sure we are all thinking ahead to the next year of teaching and maybe even already doing some planning. Well, now you can add this thought to your list! — How can I make the next year of teaching be more like a vacation than a vocation?
Thoughts? What do YOU do to make your vocation more like your vacation? How do you deal with discouragement and disappointments as a teacher when they come along? How do you keep your teaching fresh and fun? What are some practical ways that you can do differently to make your vocation as a piano teacher more like a vacation all year long?