In this episode, we'll dive into the transformative power of changing your mindset as an elementary music teacher and how it can lead to a happier teaching experience.
I'll be discussing three actionable tips that can help you cultivate a positive mindset and create a joyful classroom environment.
Tip 1: Letting It Go Like Elsa
- Sometimes, unexpected challenges and setbacks can dampen our spirits as music teachers.
- Embrace the mantra of "letting it go" like Elsa from Frozen.
- Instead of dwelling on negative experiences, focus on finding solutions and opportunities for growth.
- Shift your mindset and redirect your energy towards creating a positive and uplifting musical experience for your students.
Tip 2: Embracing Choice for Challenging Situations, Classes, or Students
- Encountering difficult classes or students is part of the journey.
- Give them another chance and don't assume that they will be the same every day.
- Embrace the power of choice as a music teacher.
- Try new teaching strategies, explore unique instruments, or get out your fun manipulatives. Then allow your students to create and direct the learning.
- Foster an environment that encourages growth and transformation, both for your students and yourself.
Tip 3: Extending Empathy to Your Admin
- Sometimes it may feel like your administrators are working against you.
- Give them the benefit of the doubt and extend empathy.
- Understand that administrators have multiple responsibilities and different perspectives.
- Foster open communication channels and collaborate with your administrators to create a supportive and harmonious working environment.
BONUS Tip: Joy Snacking
- Introduce the concept of "joy snacking."
- Take short breaks throughout the day to engage in activities that bring you pure joy.
- Sing your favorite songs, play an instrument just for fun, or dance like nobody's watching, take a walk outdoors, whatever brings you joy.
- These joy snacks will recharge your spirit and infuse your teaching with enthusiasm.
- Changing your mindset as an elementary music teacher is a journey that leads to greater happiness and fulfillment.
- Embrace the power of letting go, choice, and empathy to create a positive and joyful classroom environment.
- Don't forget to indulge in joy snacks throughout your day to keep your passion for music alive.
- Remember, a positive mindset not only benefits you but also positively impacts the musical journey of your students.
- Thank you for tuning in to this episode of The Happy Music Teacher podcast.
- We hope you found these tips on changing your mindset valuable and inspiring.
- Stay tuned for more episodes where we explore topics that empower music teachers to find happiness
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What we talked about:
Tarzan - Silly song
Focus on the fun & Silly Blog Post
9 Ways to Add Silly to Your Music Classroom
The Story of the Snow Children (the storybook I used to create our 4th grade winter program)
Bubble breathing artwork, perfect for your calm down corner.
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