I am absolutely thrilled about this episode because we discuss the number one thing you can do to improve your teaching, career, and life: take care of you. We talk about ways to prevent burnout.
The discussion is all about self-care, holistic wellness, and implementing the best practices in your life to create a sustainable career. Joining me is my friend and co-author Fernando Penaloza. He’s in his fourth year of teaching and just took on a robust high school program one week before band camp started. We’ll be tapping into not only our own careers and lives, but the results of several recent surveys that explore music educator burnout, and how to avoid it.
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Bring in others to listen
Have the vulnerability to bring somebody in to observe your rehearsals. It’s important to get this outsider perspective. Of course you can pick someone you’re comfortable with and from whom you’d welcome feedback and constructive criticism.
Say no more often
It’s okay to say no sometimes to somethings, both at work and at home. This is an important thing for us all to learn and practice. Take a minute to step back, evaluate, and prioritize.
The best educators delegate
You need to have open communication with parent boosters, student leadership, music staff, and other partners. Asking them for help doesn’t mean you can’t do things; it means you’re a good manager and that you value the contributions of others. Remember that people do like to hear “I need you.”
- The Devil Went Down to Georgia
- Prevent Teacher Burnout (archived webinar)
- Best Practices for Music Educators (by Elisa Janson Jones and Fernando Penaloza)
- The Professional Music Educator Blog
- Try SmartMusic for Free