How do you keep your sanity during a busy school year?
I'll be honest. I've tried a LOT of things during my years of teaching piano: 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, calendars, post-it notes, printed assignment sheets. On and on the list goes!
All those things are great, but sometimes I have so much "stuff" that I end up feeling...scattered.
In the end, I've found a super simple system that works for me:
1. Designate a folder for every student.
This doesn't require a lot of prep work. In fact, I literally set this up during the first lesson.
Simply put the name of your student on the folder, toss in a few sheets of notebook paper, and you're good to go.
2. Write important information on the inside cover
I jot down basic facts about my student - their birthday, age, and grade.
I also like to write down all of their lesson books. This has helped me multiple times - especially with my Skype students.
With one quick glance, I can see what books that student has worked through and make a note of what I'd like to get for them next.
3. Use your folders at every lesson
Think of this has your place to brain dump anything that relates to that child:
(Philip Johnston talked about this in his stellar book The Dynamic Studio.)
And YOU'LL love that feeling of having your act together.
What helps YOU stay organized? I'd LOVE to hear!
Hi there! I'm Tracy Selle. A Christian wife, mom, and author of 101 Piano Practice Tips. I'm also a piano teacher and founder of Upbeat Piano Teachers.