You feel you aren't communicating effectively. A student isn't getting your carefully-considered choices of technique, sequence or materials. He or she doesn't seem to be following your instructions, or isn't practicing adequately. I've thought for a long time that whatever I'm feeling, the student is in the same place. But is this true? What do you do when it's not going well, and especially, what do you say? Does the student's age, advancement or your perceptions of ability make a difference?
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