An Update on my Life

Hi everyone 👋 I’m back from a short break. I’ve been sick from the flu and I’m actually still recovering from the flu. I haven’t been doing much of anything besides watching movies and resting. I’m trying to get back on the working train and start working again, but I’ve been afraid. I’m afraid to overextend myself and to work too hard when I know my body needs to heal; that is mainly why I’ve been cooped up in my house for a couple of days. I also know how my body reacts to stress and being overworked. I’m not the type of person that can work when I’m sick.

I have been working on my blog though. It’s easier to do because it’s on my phone and it’s one of the only work related things I’ve done in the past couple of days besides going to teach one lesson. It’s been nice to work on my blog and give it the attention it needs. I’ve been obsessed with mommy blogs because I want to be a mommy blogger in the future. Motivational blogs are also my favorite.

I’m probably not going to write too much. I’m going to return back to my resting after writing this. I’ve been watching movies on Netflix. Olympus has fallen has been my absolute favorite movie so far. I also watched the other two movies In the series. I even watched Anger Management with Adam Sandler. I really hope I feel better tomorrow because I have my lsat class tomorrow. And I have a couple of lessons to go to. I’m also meeting my friend to hang out tomorrow. I’ll talk to you guys later!

Perfect Day

I had the most perfect day today. I went out to eat with my best friend for dinner. We went out to Grimaldis🥂 it’s a pizza place that serves really awesome food.

I learned that my friends are one of the most important people in my life. They motivate me to tackle each day head-on. And I am so happy to see them when we are both free. Friends add so much happiness to my life. I’m thankful for all of them.

I also spent the day with my amazing boyfriend. We don’t always get to spend the day together because of circumstances beyond our control. I was able to eat lunch with him. And it’s rare that we can eat a meal with just us at a table. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and napping. I really needed to take it easy for the rest of the day. He was also sick, and I had brought all sorts of medicine for him. While he slept, I was able to play some games on my phone. I played Mario Kart on my iPhone. That is such a fun game! I got first place every single round. My favorite character is toadette.

I’m ending the day with working out at the gym with my boyfriend. I’m actually writing this blog post while I’m on the bicycle in the gym. I’m learning that life is so precious. If I didn’t take the time today to appreciate the amazing people in my life, I would have taken this day for granted. Thank you God for bringing my loved ones in my life. I’m also chatting with my other best friends on text right now too. My best friend just told me she’ll be back from Reno for thanksgiving. Life is great ❤️

I want to take this time to thank all my friends for making my life so much better. I love you guys.

How are my incentive programs going??

Incentive programs:

When you use incentives (candy, prizes, or small promises) to motivate your students to accomplish goals

Hi! Yes, I’m back again writing another blog post. And I have no shame posting multiple blog posts in a day. It’s my blog and I do what I want! In my opinion, incentive programs are definitely worth using. Some teachers are against it like, “they’re too expensive…” or “the motivation should be the music” or “I’m a good teacher and I don’t need that, haven’t used that ever in my 100 years of teaching.”

That’s good for you guys. There’s no right way of teaching, but each teacher has the freedom to customize their studio the way they want. As long as you are keeping up with everything each week, you do you!

For me, I use three different incentives. And I never really explain what they are unless I’m talking to my teaching friends. The reason I’m using three incentive programs is because it’s summer time. And I want to reward those students who are still taking lessons consistently over the summer 🙂 Summer should be fun also, so I like to spice it up and give them more fun things to do.

1. Star Page

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The one I use above to the right is the first star page I give to my students. It has less stars so it’s easier for them to complete. Students earn a star when they work on a song, complete a song in the book, or work on a work page. They use a marker to color in a star. Once they color all the stars, they earn a prize! And it’s usually a very nice surprise when I come to their next lesson with their prize. It’s not too difficult for them to complete even the one on the left. I like it because they have to work hard for it and learn to try the songs that they don’t like. But I also like it because it takes them about 2-3 months to complete it. I don’t want to be spending money every single week giving out prizes consecutively. Here are what my prize bags look like. I’ve given out more prizes than this but I didn’t take a picture every single time. Oops!

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I like to decorate these a lot because it makes them look even more special! This incentive is very effective. If I had to choose, I would implement this one first and keep it. Students are also mucho motivated by this. Don’t tell them what surprise they’re getting! Leave them in suspense.

2. Small motivational erasers

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3. Gumball Machine
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If you guys have any other ideas on incentives, please let me know 🙂 If you liked my ideas, please like and share this blog post!

Cheers!

Is Blogging Even Worth it??

Short answer: Yes, if you are using it to push other products out. Long answer: It’s not so easy to explain.

When you start a blog, you have this great dream of becoming a huge blogger. You’re so excited to choose the name of your blog, start creating blog posts, and you’re pushing out content all the time. A month goes by, and you still have your momentum, but it’s starting to wane. And you’re finding yourself upset because your viewership wasn’t as strong as before. A couple weeks go by and you haven’t posted a blog post in awhile. You’re unmotivated… You’re thinking, “it’s just not working!” What do people even want to read? Why aren’t they reading my posts?

And then you ask yourself: is blogging even worth it?

First of all, ask yourself what your goals are. Blogging is a tool, people. You use it to supplement your other stuff. It shouldn’t be considered a business even though it takes so much of your time like a business does. And you have to actually like blogging!

Blogging is not something that you pick up as a whim. It takes SOOOOO much time to build. And it takes patience, effort, and a passion for blogging. Eventually, you will build something successful. You have to keep telling yourself that. As for now, stay calm. Don’t overwork yourself. Keep going and keep a smile on your face 🙂

This Game is Amazing! [Dust Buster 2]

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This game is absolutely amazing. If you are looking to spice up your piano lessons, then you need to download this app. I tested it out with my students, and they love it! It syncs with the piano and it makes playing songs much more rewarding. The basic premise is that there is a lady who is trying to clean the dust off of her piano. When the dust arrives, it is your job to play the piano key so she can hit the dust away.

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I wasn’t a huge fan of letting my students play games during their lessons because I didn’t think that games were appropriate for lesson time. However, since I am always looking to upgrade my teaching game, I decided to give it a try. The results were better than I expected. The graphics are cute and the students are learning how to recognize the different keys.

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The game is set up like this. When the dust arrives, the students plays F on the piano and the dust disappears. You are graded by how well you time the notes, the accuracy of the note, and the completion of the song. There are many songs that you can play in this game and each song becomes more difficult as you level up.

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Ultimately, I would highly recommend this app. I know that it’s available for iphone users and it’s free 🙂 Piano teachers need to step up their game and become technology savvy! I’m going to test this out for another week. Some of my students can’t get past level 3, but we are working on it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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