This can be a tough time for teachers. The holidays are over and long, cold winter days are ahead for most of us. It really can be quite depressing. In the last few days (between Christmas and New Year's), I have seen several posts already in various Facebook groups from teachers who are not looking forward to teaching again and who are wondering if they are dealing with burnout. I have seen a lot of good ideas shared and fortunately, for most teachers, once they get started and begin to teach again they are fine. But that's not always the case. In this issue, I share my thoughts on things you can do that might help you avoid burnout in an article of the same name, Burnout! If you are suffering from burnout, or even just extraordinary stress, I hope these ideas might help you. This topic hit close to home for me as, although I didn't realize it at the time (common with burnout), I was close to or experiencing burnout earlier this year. An early December cruise (that's me on the cover with my son ziplining in Roatan) was just what the doctor ordered. There were probably other things I 'should' have spent the money on, but getting away for a week was definitely the right choice for my mental health.
Notes with Nick
Nick Ambrosino took some well deserved time off in December, but you will find one of my favorite columns in his column Notes with Nick.
Ditch Those Resolutions and Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever!
It is traditional for people to make resolutions this time of year. Truth be told though, resolutions are forgotten before February rolls around. I've started seeing an alternative to making resolutions and I share what this idea is and a little about how it works in Ditch Those Resolutions and Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever! Time will tell if this alternative to resolutions will work for me, but while I've not been one to make resolutions (they never work for me), I am cautiously optimistic about this alternative.
Improvising Blues Melodic
Michael Katz brings some more ideas in his column this month, Play to Learn, Let's Play! Improvising Blues Melodic Lines. I always look forward to Michael's ideas each month and I hope you do too!
Review: The Piano Practice Physician's Handbook
Are you aware of the Upbeat Piano Teacher book club? If not, you can find them on Facebook. You can find my review of the last book they read in Review: The Piano Practice Physician's Handbook. By the way, they will be starting a new book in early January so look them up if you want to join in!