June 12, 2008 at 9:15 PMI decided to do something radical: take a month off from teaching.
I realized that I hadn't taken a break like this since I took time off to have my son, eight years ago. (And having a newborn isn't exactly a break!)
Because learning the violin requires consistency over a very long period of time, I figured that I might as well teach my private student through the summers as well as during the year. Sure, I took off a week here and there, and often my students would take their own vacations. But I've never simply turned off the studio for an entire month.
It was actually one of my students' parents who said,"You can't do that, just take your breaks when someone else takes vacation. You need to take your own time off!"
So after a very busy year, teaching in the public school, teaching Suzuki group, teaching private students, after years of going to teaching-enhancement workshops (Suzuki institutes, etc.) and teaching during summers, I will spend July doing other things like visiting friends, going to the beach, taking my kids places, reading, writing. (Yes, that means you'll probably actually see more of me on V.com!)
I have a feeling it will be the best thing I've done for my teaching in a long time!
I have tried talking my wife into stepping back from helping everone else, and taking a week for herself. I don't know if she doesn't want to take a mini vacation, or doesn't want to leave me alone by myself for a week.
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