Delayed Gratification: When Students Get Tired, Teach Them to Rest, Not Quit

“Look at the big picture and help your students get through tough times because they will learn that delayed gratification isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

Sometimes students don’t like band. Sometimes parents don’t like band. And, as odd as it can seem, I know there are times when I struggle to find joy in the day-to-day business of being a band director.

As educators, we go through many highs and lows, and it can feel very lonely trying to navigate teaching a subject where the expectation is “it’s fun.””

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