Martin Luther King's birthday in late January is a reminder to me to prune the rose bushes. Every year I teach a group of first graders to prune. They learn how to cut above a "red bump" as well call them (new growth nodule). They also learn how to trim the plant so it's about as tall as their thighs. The children to very well at pruning.
Here are some photos of my veteran pruners, the 3rd graders. They were trained two years ago and still have good technique.