Everybody wants to enjoy an amazing class. As a student, they help us develop important skills and increase the depth of our experience. The same goes for teachers– not only does leading a good class feel great, it helps build confidence and deepen our relationship to the price we love.
There is nothing quite like an unforgettable class, be it good or bad. Here are six tips to help make sure that whatever class you lead will be an unforgettably positive experience for both you and the students who attend.
Less is more. Simplicity is key! Keep your directions precise and direct. Use simple words and short sentences. It’s very easy to get lost in the story when so often all we really wish to communicate is the truth.
Set the mood. What type of class are you leading— relaxing or energetic? Serious or lighthearted? Teachers have a lot of control over their environment (music and lighting), as well as their personal energies (soft voice, gentle steps). Remember, students often reflect how the teacher acts.
To Thine Own Self Be True. Shakespeare aside, don’t try to be anyone else other than yourself. Trying out different styles and approaches help you be a more dynamic version of yourself, not someone else entirely. Loud people can speak softly, quiet voices can carry great strength, and pragmatic people can embrace esoteric ideas. Trying to be all things to all people, however, only serves to water down your true voice.
Know your audience. Literally, get to know the people who show up. What is everyone’s name? Is this their first time? Do they have any injuries or limitations? If you’re a forgetful jones like myself and constantly forget names, own it because…
Honesty is the Best Policy! It’s totally OK not to know something. If someone asks you a question you can’t answer, congratulations! You now have something to brush up on for next time, which will help develop the relationship to your students and the commitment to your profession. You are human, after all… just like the students you aim to serve.
Lastly, and certainly not least, is perhaps the most important rule of all:
Teachers do not choose their students. Students choose their teachers. While would be so much easier were the other way around, the only thing any teacher can truly have ownership over are their actions and words. There is no such thing as the “best teacher ever” — only the best version of yourself possible.
How does all of this land for you? What traits and qualities do your teachers have that help you enjoy their class? Do you have any tips and tricks to share with others looking to sharped their skills? Leave a comment below!