There are two new features in Music Teacher’s Helper that have made it much more useful in my teaching. Well, they’re not really new, technically, but they have been recently improved by Support so that they work better for me, and hopefully for you as well.
One is the Daily Summary, and the other is the ability to not only reconcile all lessons at once but also to choose to email lesson notes to students from the same window.
These two features play off each other. The reconcile-all window lets me come home from teaching and enter notes about all my lessons at the same time. The daily summary uses those lesson notes the next time each student has a lesson scheduled, and reminds me what each person was working on.
New for Reconciling Lessons
What’s new is that the reconcile-all window allows us to check off whether we wish to email lessons notes to each student. I have found out that my students really like this feature. They receive by email a review of what I thought was most important in their lesson, and they get to read the lesson notes at a time when they can think quietly about it. These notes also clue in parents as to what their kids are working on, keeping them in the loop. The private lesson notes are not emailed to the student, but do appear in the next daily summary for the teacher.
Before the improvement, when I wanted to have lesson notes emailed to students, I had to reconcile each student from a separate window, which took time for opening, scrolling through and closing the window. Using the reconcile-all window instead of individual windows also allows me to review and revise all my notes before reconciling all the lessons at once.
The Daily Summary
The daily summary is a very handy list of lesson times, student names, location, account info, and most importantly, lesson notes from whenever the student last took a lesson. This is really helpful for keeping lessons on track. I especially like the option to have the daily summary emailed to me; this way, I don’t even have to log in to Music Teacher’s Helper to get my schedule.
I print out the daily summary, and review it to see if I need to bring or prepare something for any students that day. Then I use it to make notes about lessons, and at the end of the day, enter the lesson notes into the reconcile window, which are then summoned up for the next daily summary. It’s a cycle that works well.
Fairly new for the daily summary is that it can list lesson notes from classes–lessons which are assigned to more than one student.Â This was apparently more difficult for the software to accomplish than it might seem, because it had to find the last time a particular group of students had a lesson together, and then list the notes from that lesson once in the daily summary (as opposed to listing the notes for each student in the class).
Where to Find these Features
The reconcile-all window can be found on the teacher’s home page. When lessons are past, they are listed on the home page as needing reconciliation, and the option is also offered there to reconcile them all at once.
It’s good to know that if you choose “ignore” as the option for any of the lessons, that particular lesson won’t be reconciled, and can be dealt with at another time.
The daily summary is on the Reports menu. It’s the last report on the list, and when you click it, you’ll see the option to check the box to “email me my summary every day.” I recommend it!
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