"Silly Sally went to town, walking backwards, upside down..."
not quite on the level of Impossible Patron Requests, but,
I am a piano teacher. I received a transfer student from a friend teacher (there are three of us that teach out of one private school after hours) My friend teacher basically told me, "good luck!" Well, she was right- the girl has the most basic of basics fall out of her brain week to week. I have students two years younger that have progressed well past her. She NEVER does her practice/homework/worksheets/notebook/lessons/etc...
The mom told me that the other teacher was "mean." So I was extra cautious to be "nice" and yes, the girl really likes me. she is very sweet. But cannot remember anything to save her life.
I recently started her on a new lesson series just to get her on to something new, a fresh presentation of the basics. The mom was excited that she was getting "more challenging work so she can progress."
In actuality, I am stuck in a holding pattern. Until the girl demonstrates that she can remember the most basic of info, that literally, my several kindergarten students have retained and at a much quicker rate, I cannot
move this girl on.
Mom is happy that girl has new books/music.
even though I have shown her the dated pages re-assigned because still blank week after week, even though I write it dwon in the assignment notebook, mom's response is, "Oh, I do not know music so I cannot help her at all. I just tell her to go to her room and practice. She loves to play around on our keyboard!"
The "homework" might be, draw a line to match the symbol to the meaning. Or, circle all the quarter notes you see. Or, add a word to this lyric to make it rhyme.
Or, you know, actually practice, like, do page 9 in Lesson Book, following outlined practice instructions, and complete Theory worksheet 5, use warm-up page 4 as a daily warm-up. And yes, I mark the pages and have her do it in lesson time. But then she goes home and does...nothing...and the next week's lesson is a complete review of the week prior. And so on.
But, the mom thinks the new books will "challenge her so she will progress."
Not sure the books are magical.
amazing how my students that do the work magically progress!