QUOTE(Aquarelle @ Mar 18 2013, 10:21 AM)
QUOTE(HelenVJ @ Mar 18 2013, 11:16 AM)
I'd like to nominate this for my favourite post of the day, mainly because it's so wonderfully bonkers https://forums.abrsm.org...showtopic=53198
( Sorry - haven't worked out how to transfer the whole quote.. duh..)
How about pencil and paper?
They're for sending to the pupils, Aquarelle, I email them. They also act as my preparation notes for the next lesson, a lesson record to check back on - in some cases to verify that there definitely was a lesson on such and sucj a date because there's a note. So I want a thoroughly written out report, not a scribble. I know someone on here a while back said that they write their notes on the fly in the lesson in legible handwriting and complete sentences. I am to engrossed in teaching and interacting with the pupil to do this. I don't have time at the end of the lesson, with the next pupil already there and both mums suddenly wanting to ask me something about the exam or the holidays or buying a new book or changing the time for next week, and I have never got into the habit of teaching for 25 minutes and writing notes for the last 5.
Three other reasons: my handwriting is illagible to anyone but me
If you saw the amount of paper already floating around this room already, you wouldn't have bothered asking
The notes get sent to the parent, sometimes to the parent and also the child. Parents often want to know what their child has been doing so that they can support their practice, and if there's been a new concept in the lesson I will sometimes feel the need to explain it in the note - I also write reminders about scales etc because some children come back and say they've forgotten how I showed it to them. I also have documents and diagrams about some things (tones/semitones, circles of 5ths, checklist for g1 sight-reading, compound time...) which can be sent through MTH via the File Area; and as many of you know I make videos of pieces, sometimes in the lesson with the child holding the camera, and they have their own video page on my own website so that they don't have to search through hundreds to find the one I want them to see (yes, sometimes I do just embed one from YouTube - I had to do that last year when I broke my wrist)
I have it down to a fine art now - the method has developed by trial and error, and will probably be a lot quicker once MTH has solved its many teething problems; I'd like it not to have nearly so many stages. With a few exceptions, each note takes about 10-12 minutes from start to finish. You may call it bonkers, HelenVJ, I call it thorough. It takes FAR less time than my planning used to when I was teaching classes! And the many replies I get each week from parents tell me how much they appreciate it
. I can do them in my own time, curled up on the sofa and reading a bit of a book in between each one if I'm flagging.
I always used to just write and send the notes in an email anyway (called it the eNag) but this way it gets integrated with all the rest of the admin (register, accounts, etc)