This seems super simple, but I think it’s important! Our Teaching Tactic for this week is to use sticky tabs to mark the assigned pieces. I used to think that if I wrote it in an assignment book students should be able to find it. But I’ve learned that it’s best to break down every barrier that would keep a student from practicing. If they want to practice but have trouble finding their assigned pieces that small thing might keep them from practicing. It’s not that hard to put a sticky tab on the pages, but it makes it so much faster for them to find the right page.
I love these page markers from the Container Store but these post-it flags, or really any sticky tab will work. You can use these more than once because they usually stick for awhile. The cost is very small for you but could make a big difference in making practice accessible for your students.
Spring Seals, NCTM, teaches 60 piano students ranging from age 3 to 70 in Fort Worth, Texas. She also serves as the Director of Certification for TMTA. She is passionate about helping teachers become more effective in their studios through professional development, new resources, and fresh ideas.