Now that the last day of teaching is done for the school year (for me at least - hope yours is coming really soon if it’s not already past!), I’m getting ready to do my annual review!
I choose do my annual review in the summer, to coincide with the regular school year and concert season so I can use what summer down-time I have to rest, reset, and most importantly plan for the next school year and concert season.
Do you do an annual review for yourself? No, I’m not just talking about metrics that your supervisor or principal might want. I’m talking about digging into strengths, weaknesses, strategic things that either worked great or failed miserably. The metrics are important too - financial, attendance, maybe also average grades or number of sign-ups for next year and instrumentation, but I’m going to focus this newsletter on the non-number reflections that have been the most helpful for me every year.
I’ve listed my prompts below as a bulleted list, but it’s by no means exhaustive. You’ll see some repetition - I’m always trying to learn from my experiences of the past year. You’ll also see some places where I’m going to reflect on ongoing work to get my thoughts organized and really clear action items in place. This allows me to make the most of my summer - take plenty of relaxation time and slowly work down the highest priorities on the task list.
After I reflect on the year, I’ll make goals for next school year/season and share them with you!
Here’s a breakdown of what I’m looking at:
Goals that I set at the beginning of the season - did I reach them? Should I keep working towards them? Have they become irrelevant?
Private Lesson work
What went really well this year
What went poorly this year
New ideas I want to try to incorporate into my studio for next year
Online Course Development
What is going well
What are my ongoing action items
What have I learned that still needs to be implemented?
Fall Launch planning/logistics
Winter launch planning/logistics
What were my strengths
What were my weaknesses
What do I want to do differently next season?
Priorities for next season
What did I learn, and what will I do differently next season?
Ongoing projects that need immediate action?
So, do you do an annual review at the end of each school year? Does yours look like mine? I’d love to know what questions you consider, so comment below and let me know.