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Finding peace with myself and closure

Firstly, I want to apologize for being all over the place sometimes when I’m posting. I’ve always been a sporadic person. I like to be free and do my own thing. I don’t always have a set schedule and I like living my life this way. When I’m posting blog content on this blog, I’m not always consistently sticking with a schedule. I enjoy the freedom of posting when I want and what I want. My blog is my place to enjoy writing, and that will never change.

Lately, I have been feeling locked inside my own mind. I overthink everything and it’s not good to overthink. Life is filled with so many things. If you obsess over each and every detail in your life, you will never be happy. I planned to write a blog post about my life stories where I felt I was wronged, but after watching Damon Dominque’s YouTube channel, I don’t think I’m going to anymore. Instead of dwelling on the past, I want to begin writing about the future. I hope that my blog inspires people to look into the future and to be hopeful about all of the good things that are going to happen. Invest in your own happiness because you deserve to be happy. Staying in negativity will only bring more negativity.

Life is filled with many beautiful things and you won’t notice them until you stop looking at all of the negativity.

As always, I hope you are having a wonderful day and a great start to the week. Stay on the lookout for more of my blog posts. Thank you so much for reading!

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How to start TEACHING at home

Welcome to Pocketful of Learning! If you are new to my blog, I write about all things related to teaching and being a teacher. I began teaching about seven years ago. Teaching has changed my life for the better. I never knew that I would be destined for this path, but there is nothing I would rather be. I love teaching and it is my main career. This blog is dedicated to helping teachers find better resources and to help teachers create a better life through teaching.

The first step to begin teaching from home is to choose a niche area that you want to teach. For example, I began teaching piano and that has remained one of my niche markets. As I started teaching the piano, I wasn’t very good at it. I would say that my teaching skills were almost non-existent at that time. I had to teach for a couple years in order to build this skill. Don’t let that discourage you. Everything is about learning and I was thankful that I chose a niche that I was familiar with. Teaching, on the other hand, was not something I learned right away. When you are choosing a niche, make sure that you know the topic very well. I wouldn’t teach piano if I only had three years of experience of playing. I waited until I had more than 10+ years of learning the piano in order to feel competent to teach it. Whichever niche you choose, it will be an important part of your teaching experience. Make sure to choose wisely.

The next step is to choose which method of teaching you want to teach with. There are a couple of methods. I currently teach from my home, teaching virtually, or I go to my students’ homes to teach. If you don’t have the time to travel outside to teach, I would recommend virtual or in-person at your home. Eventually, I want to switch to teaching virtually or in my home for all of my lessons. I feel like I am losing energy and this would be the best method for me. I also know that I will be having kids in the future and I want to be able to stay at home to work. Teaching virtually is my favorite method of teaching. When I first began teaching, I never thought that I could teach virtually. Since covid began, everything has changed and teaching virtually has become an option. I have many blog posts about how I teach virtually. You can read more about it on my blog. One thing that I want to share about teaching virtually is that it is the best way to work without interruptions. You don’t have to worry about other people begin too loud in your house. If you are able to hide in a room without distractions, teaching virtually is the easiest/most flexible way of teaching.

When you have decided which method works best for you, the next step is to get students into your roster. I currently have a full roster and a large waiting list. I remember telling my husband that my real estate page and my piano page have inquiries all of the time. I used to have to hustle to get new students/clients. Now, I can relax and I have people inquiring to me. I wrote extensively about how to get new students on my blog, and I hope that it helps you in getting new students. The one thing to remember is to be patient and to continue with advertising for many months. Consistency is the key. You won’t get a bunch of students in one day. You have to put yourself out there and you will have to advertise for awhile.

Now that you have students, the only step left is to tailor the schedule to the hours that you want to teach. Making a schedule is important and you have to make sure that you set up a good system of keeping track of your lessons. When you have the hours that best fit what you want for a work week, then you are finally able to start teaching at home! It’s a great feeling knowing that you don’t have to leave your house to work. I often hear about people trying to work from home and it never works out. I’m here to tell you that working from home is possible! You have to know what you’re doing. It’s something that will take at least a year to set up. Once you have everything set up, then you’re good to go. Make sure to take care of yourself and I look forward to posting more on here for next time! Happy teaching!

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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!