For me, this summer is really unusual. We’re moving across the country so we’re trying to get bucket list items done on weekends and constantly staying busy with selling a house as well. But usually, summer is more laid back and I have time to think about the upcoming fall semester. I always get so busy once school starts and I love to take a few hours in the summer to write out some overviews for my students who have registered for fall.
Now, I am one of those teachers who likes to lesson plan “a little”. What do I mean by just a little? Well, I enjoy being able to plan games to review certain theory skills that student needs to reinforce or preparing for new concepts before they appear in the new repertoire. But I can’t predict exactly where the student will struggle each week and how many ways we need to brainstorm fun practicing ideas to get the fingering on that Beethoven Sonata development tricky section… So I also like living in the moment of teaching, trying to gather plenty of teaching ideas & tricks to pull out of the hat at the drop of a pin!
Thus my lesson plans are very general and open to plenty of change based on where the student would like to go during the year as well. I’m sharing a sample of my Google Drive planning page today so you can check it out. I’m not sure if you can save a copy and alter it to your needs from how I shared it so I’m also attaching a Microsoft Word file that you can use for yourself.
I do love adding my studio logo on the top of this form to make it look a bit more legit. Otherwise, I love the open space to add notes as we set goals and ideas that come to me during the year. In my teaching binder, this will go under the student’s tab for me to refer to week after week. I also add my studio note pages behind it to take a few notes each week.
If you have more ideas for lesson planning or printables you’ve shared, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below! Let me know if you end up using my printables and what you add to them!
Google Drive file (accessible from any computer, no worries if my computer crashes)
Whitney Hawker, NCTM, teaches group and private piano at Weber State University, Utah. She loves surprising students with the perfect piece or a new exciting game! After graduate school, she missed sharing ideas and resources daily with colleagues so she and her friend, Spring, began blogging together at 4DPianoTeaching.com