This sparked something inside of myself, if Billy Joel can't get 100% engagement why am I trying so hard to get 100% engagement in my students?
I know you are asking yourself Billy Joel is playing for tens of thousands of people and he is trying to engage 25 at a time. (Different circumstances) It's true, but Billy is an entertainer, he makes his living playing music and entertaining people.
One thing I will always have over Billy Joel is that he can't form relationships with everyone in that crowd. With 25 students for 49 minutes a day it can be difficult, but not impossible to form relationships with everyone. Some are easier, some are more difficult, but that is how I get 100% engagement. Get students to buy-in to me.
I didn't buy into Billy, but I bought in to the experience that I now share with my wife. I definitely bought in to Wrigley Field. Just like the guy in the picture maybe didn't buy in today.
I might not have buy-in each day from every student, but I play everyday, not just once and leave.
My take-away from this experience is that being engaging isn't everything, forming relationships is.