Thursday is a long day for me–I have 12 scheduled students in two locations. Today I finished my second student and I thought I was going to just fall asleep. I didn’t know HOW I would make it through the rest. After the next two, things were even worse. Then I realized why today was so bad (in addition to still being a little sick, and having slept poorly…). None of my students had done even CLOSE to the practicing I had asked for. In fact, several had done NO practicing at all. It’s sad how quickly I can go from being hopeful and excited about new students to being totally depressed because none of my students are practicing and I just don’t know what else to do. Granted they are new and I haven’t tried much, but if they won’t practice right off the bat with a new teacher, when will they?
However, as the day progressed, a couple of my students really surprised me, and had done MORE than I asked for, and really done a great job. So at least I’m not failing all of my students!! I’ll have to figure out how to encourage the non-practicing students to do better.