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Getting my work done at the library as a full-time teacher

The library is my all-time favorite place to work. I think it’s my favorite because it’s quiet and I feel more motivated to get my work done. I am currently in the process of recording for my piano course. I’ve been teaching for more than six years currently and I want to expand my teaching studio. I also have been recording myself playing several piano pieces. I absolutely love it. My teaching website is currently in the process and I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my teaching career. The reason why I mention that I am recording my course is because I am planning on recording much of it in the library. I tested out the possibility of recording it in the library and it has been a success. I just finished recording my first set of lessons.

The next reason why I love getting my work done at the library is because the study room that I rent is only open for two hours. The two hour time limit is a good reminder to remained focus on my work. I am easily distracted, so this is a huge benefit for me. I also think that the two hour limit is great for recording. It’s difficult to record for long periods of time. Two hours feels like just enough for a day of work.

I also work at my office. When I go there to work, there is free coffee/tea/water. I really enjoy working there also. It’s pretty loud there so I am not able to record there. I’ve seen my colleagues feel comfortable to have their phone conversations, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that yet. I still feel shy when i’m recording my lessons at the library. The rooms at the library are isolated, so I don’t know why I still feel nervous. Overall, working at the office versus working at the library are different experiences. It depends on what type of work I am trying to get done that day. For example, I was working at the office yesterday. Most of my work was answering work messages and printing out sheet music. The type of work I was doing fit the work environment that I was in. Today, I really wanted to get some recording done so the library was perfect for what I needed.

Let me know what type of work environment that you like working in!

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Update on my experience with teaching this year

Life has been hectic. I feel like business has been booming, but there has been so much going on that I can’t keep up with. It’s like running on a treadmill on a speed that I can’t handle. I wish that I could gradually make the changes that I need to make in order to handle all the work that I have on my plate.

One experience that I have is trying to justify my pay rate to customers. I’ve raised my prices twice in two years. The reason why I have increased my rate is because I have been working in this field for more than six years. My experience justifies the amount of work and quality of work that I can bring to the table. I am worth the raise. It’s not that I always raise my prices. I haven’t raised my prices at all in the last six years besides recently. I’m afraid of asking for more money, but I have to be stronger. I know how much work and money I deserve. And I am worth it. My advice to any fellow teachers is to not be afraid to ask and to advocate for yourself. This is your business and never let someone tell you how you are worth. You are worth much more.

Besides the hectic busy life of teaching, nothing much else has been going on. I am hoping to go back to the office more often to get my work done. Right now, I am busy scheduling my lessons for the new school year. It’s like playing a puzzle where you have to find the right place for each student. I’ll continue posting updates on here as the year progresses. I hope everyone is having a great day and continue to stay safe/work hard!

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My recent experience completing my teacher work at the library | Not the best experience

I like to the library because it’s relaxing and quiet. Not a lot of work spaces have both qualities. When I have tough days that I have to accomplish many tasks, I like to go to a public space to work. Since Covid began, going out to these public spaces has been nearly impossible. I’ve tried going to Starbucks to work and they removed all the tables/chairs. I also saw that they took away the chairs in the library.

Now that things are beginning to go back to normal, I thought it would be the perfect day to go to the library to get some work done. It’s been a long time since my law school studying days since I’ve been at the library. The nostalgia of being there is unique because it reminds me of when I was back in college. I saw that they had placed the tables and chairs back. It’s exciting because I can finally go somewhere else to work and this library is close to my house. The library is spacious. It has an art gallery, a large bathroom facility, a huge lobby filled with tables and chairs, study rooms, and more space. I had brought lunch with me also because my intentions were to stay there for awhile.

I understand the mask policy and I don’t mind wearing a mask. When I was eating, I didn’t wear a mask. I felt like everyone was watching me, so I tried to eat quicker than I normally eat. I ate much quicker than usual that I felt a little sick. I just didn’t want someone to come and tell me that I have to wear a mask when I’m resting I’m between bites. I was still in the process of eating when an employee comes to my table to tell me that I’m breaking the rules. He said that I cannot bring any outside food besides their vending machine snacks into the library. He also said that I have to wear my mask in between my bites. If I’m not actively eating, I should be wearing my mask. With his first rule, I have never heard of it. None of the signs posted everywhere in the library state that no outside food is allowed. They state that you have to eat the food in the lobby and I don’t purposefully ate my food in the lobby. With regards to the second rule, I knew that someone would say that. I don’t know if anyone knows this, but no one I’ve ever seen takes a bite of their food and immediately puts their mask back on. Our tables were all separated more than 8 feet apart from one another and possibly more than 8 feet. If I am eating, why should I have to regulate my mask in between bites? I don’t mind putting my mask on immediately after I finish eating, but I will not put my mask on in between bites. I’m sorry, but that’s asking for too much. I wear my mask on all the time and I have had no problems with eating in relation to wearing a mask.

My purpose in telling this story is to help other teachers. We all have places where we like to work and our workload is a lot at times. If you are looking for somewhere to work, I wouldn’t recommend the library at this time. I hope that other libraries are not like this. I’m thinking about going somewhere to work from now on and I will keep everyone updated as I find the perfect place to work for teachers. The good news is that I ended up getting a lot of work done. I cleaned out two of my teaching bags, responded to work messages, signed two papers, and reorganized my calendar. Be sure to let me know if you have any recommendations for places to get work done. I’m always on the lookout for good places that are perfect for productivity and has great amenities!

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Morning Coffee Time for Teachers ☕️ | Talking About Burnout for Teachers

Good morning my fellow teachers! The morning is always the best time to begin preparing for your day. I have been lucky to create my own a schedule because I am a piano teacher. I know that other teachers have to wake up earlier than I do to get to their classrooms. Whichever kind of teacher you are, I hope that your morning goes well and that you are extra productive today! Most of all, I hope that your day runs smoothly. These two wishes are what I wish for my days every day. Not every day is good, but each morning is the start of a new day.

Today, I want to talk about burnout for teachers. Teachers have burnouts all the time. Our students don’t know this about us, but we are human. There are good days and there are bad days too. Most of all, there are days that I don’t enjoy teaching. It’s nothing related to my students, but I sometimes feel burnt out on teaching in general. I have to find ways to relax or else I almost break down.

As a teacher, I don’t treat my students badly if I am having a bad day. It’s not their fault and they definitely do not deserve a mean teacher. I have to hide my emotions from them. In my heart, I wish that I could take a short break from teaching for awhile. I need some time to myself. I have to not think about teaching for three or four hours at a time. After I take a break, I feel so much better. When you have a day like this, try to treat yourself to something nice or take a small break. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Burnout is real for teachers and it can be so hard. It’s difficult because we are almost always around our students. We cannot show them our frustrations.

Often, the weekends are the best time for me to try relaxing from the work week. I feel guilty taking this time away, but I need it. I try not to answer any messages or phone calls during the weekend. I need some space. Once I have this space, I notice that I am a much better teacher when I come back from the weekend.

As a teacher, be nice to yourself. You deserve a break and don’t overwork yourself. A happy teacher is a great teacher. Try to remember that you are only human and you will make mistakes! Making small mistakes doesn’t make you a bad teacher. We are all in the same boat and you are not alone. Take care of yourself and avoid burnout!

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Pocketful of learning – Can Teachers Have Blogs?

It has been nearly three years of having a blog and I am still thinking back to the days when I first began blogging. This blogging experience has been a whirlwind of learning lessons. I feel like I have learned so much and the biggest question that is on my mind is: can teachers have blogs? Even further, we should ask if teachers should have a blog. There’s a lot of questions that needs answers. I hope I can shed some light and answer these two questions.

Can teachers have blogs?

The answer is yes. There is nothing stopping teachers from having blogs. We have the right to speak our mind about anything. Teachers are just like anyone else. If a teacher wants to create a blog, then they will. There are plenty of teaching blogs online and they have been very successful.

One thing I would caution to teachers that have blogs is to never mention the names of their students or post pictures of their students without their permission. If you want to start a teaching blog, my best advice is to talk more about ideas/concepts than to speak about specific names/places.

Should teachers have a blog?

The answer to this question differs. It depends on why you want to have a blog. Are you looking to monetize your blog or is your purpose to start giving online lessons? It depends on what your goals are. If having a blog makes sense for you, then don’t be afraid to start one. Creating a blog takes a lot of time and effort. If you are thinking of making one, don’t waste time contemplating. It took a long time for me to create my blog. I had to constantly work at and continue to expand my blog presence. All the work that you put into your blog now will pay off in the future. Start your blog today and I hope you enjoy creating a teaching blog as much as I enjoy creating mine!