3 Ways to Positively Impact Your Students
At the time of this post, it is the official beginning of the holiday season, and a time for reflection and giving. The holidays are a time when people tend to focus on being grateful for their blessings. While the holiday season can be full of joy, it is also a very busy season for most people but especially for you, fabulous music teacher. You’re putting the finishing touches on your holiday concert, running your daily lessons, and trying to do a little holiday shopping in your “spare time” Ha!!
During this very busy season for music teachers, you may find it difficult to reflect and be grateful. You’re probably just trying to get through the next few weeks and into your winter break.
As you know, not everyone finds the holiday season full of joy. Many people struggle emotionally or financially at this time of year, and this means that some of your kiddos are struggling too. You play an important role in the lives of your students, because your class can be a place of happiness and release. Sow do you make sure your students are getting the most positive experience possible?
Today, I’m going to share with you 3 ways that you can positively impact your students, not only during your music class time, but in every aspect of their lives.
- Focus on gratitude – You are a model for your students. The old adage “Do as I say, not as I do”, is ridiculous. As a teacher, you know best that kids model the behavior they see from the adults around them. This is something to keep in mind as you go through your day to day activities. Smiling at your students and telling them something you’re thankful for can have a huge positive impact on them. This motivates them to work harder and be more satisfied with their day. Plus, thinking about your blessings is a great way to help you improve your mood.
- Learn their names – Is there anything nicer than when someone smiles at you and greets you by name? Names have power, and when you know your students’ names, you can use that power to show them you care about them. The best way to reach your kiddos and get them to participate in your activities (even the too cool for school kids) is to show them you care about them. Need some help with learning those hundreds of names? Check out this blog post for some great name games.
- Model respect – Did you know that treating people with respect is one of the fastest ways to create positive change. Think about how it feels when someone is respectful to you. It feels amazing right? Your students feel the same way. Simply asking their opinion or listening when they speak to you can make all the difference. Just like you, they just want to be seen and heard. It’s also important to be respectful to and talk respectfully about the other adults in the building. Again, your students see and hear everything, even though they’re young.
Being a music teacher is hard work. You have challenges that no one else in the school faces. Creating positive change in your classroom can not only help your students feel great about coming into your music room, but it can also help you feel happier and more fulfilled in your job. Here’s a little music to help you get into a positive mindset!