Be Our Guest: Top 10 Tips to Help the Independent Teacher From Burnout

There are certain times a year where burnout tends to show its face a little more. Winter tends to be one of those times so this guest post couldn’t have been more well timed. I am excited to have Laurabeth Roundy, a private piano, violin, viola and fiddle teacher in Arlington, WA be my guest and share with us her top 10 tips on helping independent teachers from burning out. If you have some additional tips, feel free to leave them in the comments as we can all benefit from them. Take it away Laurabeth… One topic discussed among my music teacher […]

MTNA Conference; Monday, March 23, 2015: Fueling the Flame- Strategies for Preventing Teacher Burnout

Martha Fischer was a hoot to listen to. Poor lady, she started off with tech issues but all ended up well and she made what could have been a very stressful situation for a presenter (I totally empathized as I have had first hand experience with this) and turned it into humor. The thing I liked most about this session is how engaging she was. She wanted to hear what worked in other teachers studios and many teachers were more than willing to share! Preventing burnout is always a hot topic because most of us at one time or another […]

Student Burnout

Previously I blogged about Teacher Burnout, the signs, what we can do to get through it, etc…  This post I would like to talk about student burnout and what we can do as teachers to help our students when they experience burnout with their lessons.  This is important because when students burn out, teachers can burn out and it can become a vicious cycle. I have a few students that are going through the burnout stage.  All 3 of them are Junior High ages 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  The family of the 6th grader actually gave me notice last […]

Burnout: The Journey from Exhaustion to Exhilaration

Ever have days that you have to remind yourself to BREATHE? This morning I was able to attend an excellent presentation giving by Shellie Ruge, a member of our MTA chapter who is just a couple of months away from finishing her counseling internship.  I walked away from that meeting feeling that I am first- not alone, that there is hope and enlightened how to recognize the burnout stages and how to combat them. What are some of the words you think about when you hear the word burnout?  Some for me are:  Exhausted, my brain is fried/hurts, frustrated, anxious, […]

2018 MTNA Pics and Disney Fun

I thought I would share some of my favorite parts of MTNA beyond the classes. Visiting the exhibits and spending time with other teachers!         After the conference, my husband met me Wednesday morning to stay a few more days at Disney for some fun! We were able to visit all 4 parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios). Plus we went to Universal for a day to check out the newest Harry Potter ride. After we spent some time at the Animal Kingdom, we checked into the Carribean Resort since Coronado wouldn’t let us stay […]

2018 MTNA Monday

The morning presentations on Monday were filled with 20 min. “fast track” presentations and I have to say that these were among my favorite presentations at MTNA! So much so that I had really wished the presenters had the full hour. There was no wasting time for sure. GET PSYCHED TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS  Charles Blanchard   I met Charles in the exhibit hall where he was exhibiting his book, Postive Piano: History’s Greatest Pianists On How to Succeed Wildly in Life.   (affiliate link) After I talked to him about his book (of which I ended up purchasing), I was intrigued and looked […]

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. My hope is that you 1) took a break and 2) spent at least some of it not doing anything related to teaching. If you didn’t, make it a goal this year to do exactly that, perhaps this summer. Breaks are not only good for us teachers, but they are equally beneficial for our students. Over the years, I have written several posts on burnout. If you are feeling a bit of burnout, you are not alone. Burnout is very real and more common than you know. Here is a link to several […]