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Empowering yourself as a take lessons teacher

  1. 1. Empowering Yourself as a TakeLessons Teacher Monet Payne Community Manager Aldo Bustos Teacher Support TakeLessons.com
  2. 2. Hello! <ul><li>Monet </li></ul><ul><li>Aldo </li></ul>
  3. 3. Empowerment <ul><li>We want to empower you to have confidence in working with us, by giving you the skills , resources , authority , opportunity , motivation that you need to be successful! </li></ul>
  4. 4. What does it mean to be an empowered teacher? <ul><li>Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Core Values </li></ul><ul><li>Your best self </li></ul><ul><li>Know your rights </li></ul><ul><li>How to stay on top </li></ul><ul><li>Studio Policies </li></ul>
  5. 5. Confidence <ul><li>You’re a pro! </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to take on challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who want different genre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students with high skill level </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reach out for advice </li></ul><ul><li>Duty to your students </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why? <ul><li>Top 5% of teachers who apply </li></ul><ul><li>Best of the best </li></ul><ul><li>Passionate about teaching! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Leadership <ul><li>Exemplify and you will be rewarded down the road </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to lead: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach out to TL staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for more responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay on top of procedures </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Your best self <ul><li>CANI - better yourself by learning more about your students’ musical tastes and styles </li></ul><ul><li>Learn a new genre you are not familiar with </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from mistakes or cancelled students. What can you do differently next time? </li></ul><ul><li>Be the CEO of music teachers! </li></ul>
  9. 10. Know your rights <ul><li>Marking lessons: reschedule vs. missed </li></ul><ul><li>Make-up Music Lessons from an Economist’s Point of View </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Music lessons are “non-refundable merchandise” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You have the right to be compensated for missed lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to pay the bills! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tax deductions: Helpful blog post </li></ul>
  10. 11. Studio Policies <ul><li>Establish yourself as a professional </li></ul><ul><li>Participation expectations for students </li></ul><ul><li>Participation expectations for parents </li></ul><ul><li>Recital and performance policies </li></ul><ul><li>Materials policy </li></ul><ul><li>Adherence statement with blanks for signature and date </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to enforce it! </li></ul>
  11. 12. How to stay on top <ul><li>Simple tasks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark your lessons within 72 hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach out to your new students within 48 hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update availability every 30 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter time off and communicate with students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research students musical tastes if you are not familiar with them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep track of missed lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open communication with the TL staff </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Empowerment Challenge <ul><li>As a TakeLessons teacher, what does empowerment mean to you? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a commitment to yourself on the forum thread </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will not be afraid to mark lessons missed when a student cancels last minute.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will set ground rules for my studio by creating policies.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will learn how to take advantage of tax write-offs.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One teacher who posts on the thread by the end of the day on Friday will be randomly selected to win $50! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://takelessons.com/forum/teacher-community/teacher-webinars/empowerment-challenge </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Q&A