The teacher has a bad day...
Yesterday I was both tired and distracted by a lot of life-stuff and simply could neither focus nor concentrate. My student showed up for his lesson as planned and I was having a very hard time focusing. When we tried playing a duet he was preparing, I fumbled, made a lot of mistakes, and generally did a lousy job. Usually, I can put stuff aside and focus but yesterday I just couldn't.
I ended the lesson, apologizing for my having a bad day and making his lesson less than successful.
My guess is that many (if not) all of you have had a similar experience either as the student or the teacher. How did you handle it?
I’m an amateur (adult learner) who suffers from migraines:
George, you just have to put it behind you. We've all been there. It was good that you apologized instead of making excuses. If your student has a good heart they'll forgive you.
I quit teaching (violin and cello) about 8 years ago when I was 75 because I felt I could no longer demonstrate as I felt I should - anyhow 45 years was enough!
All teachers have bad days (some have REALLY bad ones). We are just human.
I've got my bad days as a student... Really bad days...
You are a gifted storyteller, Mr. Andrew.
Not much to add here other than to say don't over analyze it. Don't beat yourself up over it. Life happens. I would venture to say that your student was probably less affected than you think. Things are usually not as bad as we think they were.
George, if you're as generous and warmhearted toward your students as you are toward the total strangers that you interact with on this website, then I am thinking all will be soon forgiven and even forgotten.
I've had my share of bad days when teaching. I'll guess, Mr. Wells, that you've had some pretty good days when the students get more than they bargain for that make up for it. :)
I have bad days.