This is probably the thing I've made the most mistakes with over the years that I've been teaching the flute. You sort of get into the weird headspace where you think that because you've learned all the stuff you're teaching that you know what your students are thinking and feeling. It was a huge wake up call when I finally figured out that, no, I don't actually know what my students are thinking and feeling unless I sit down and hear them out.
One thing I didn't touch on in this video was that the discussions to figure out what their goals and dreams are often feel like you're wasting time in the lesson. But let me assure you: you're not wasting time. In fact, you're saving time. I have wasted hours and hours of lessons trying to push students to do one thing when they didn't want to do it at all or it wasn't even beneficial to them! We could have made leaps and bounds far earlier if I had just put my pride away as a teacher and truly listened to them first. I urge you, teachers, to listen to your students and not make the same mistakes as me!
I'm really loving my lessons with my students now, and I hope this video is insightful and helpful to both students and teachers. :)