I had a blogging friend (Meri at http://www.ourdiabeticlife.com/) share something with me the other day that was insightful. She mentioned that I needed to let my personality come through the computer screen. There is only one problem with this- my experience in higher education taught me to separate (to some extent) the personal from the professional. This is appropriate in many ways, but this does not always work online.
There is a definite teacher/student relationship for many reasons in education. The role of the educator is to instruct and provide information, not necessarily be a friend. Sure, I joke around with my students at the university and my local studio, but they just know the academic side of me. However, there is another side to me.
My wife sometimes says, “if only your college students could see you now” as I am riding on the back of a shopping cart with my two girls in the basket at our local grocery store. The 3 of us have big smiles on our faces as my wife shakes her head. This is part of who I am. I wouldn’t share this with my college students (unless they are reading this now 🙂 ) but I’ll share these types of experiences with you.
Don’t worry, you’re still going to get the results you want on the saxophone. We’ll just have more fun as we go along. From now on you will see a little more of “me” in Facebook posts and blog posts. I hope you enjoy the new approach!
Question- Do you like the new approach or would you prefer information only? Thanks for your feedback!