Cora, the daughter, is in third grade (I believe) and works hard at practicing what I teach her as well as learning new things from her father, also a musician.
Usually, when I teach a lesson, I play along with the student to give them a foundation on which to play, to supply a scaffolding of sorts, a structure for them to rely on and play along with. We go at their pace and ramp it up as they start to improve and catch on to whatever it is I am teaching them.
Today, I realized that Cora relies more on her ear. As soon as I recognized this, I switched up my teaching method. Instead of having her play along with me (which wasn't working well for her), I went over the tablature with her, played it for her, and then had her play it back to me. It worked like a charm and she got it. I would show her where and how to play it, but after that, she did much better just listening to me and playing it back. Ah...a teachable moment for her and for me.
I am grateful for the fantastic, dedicated students I get to work with for all that they teach me about them, about teaching, and about myself as a teacher.