“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
I’ve been teaching since I was in high school (so, for about 9 years). First as a choreographer, then as a dance teacher, and now as a yoga teacher! I am not saying that I have mastered the skill completely, but there are a few things that I’ve picked up along the way on how to be the best teacher that I can be, and I’d like to share them with you!
How To Be A Good Teacher
1. Be confident when you speak.
If you don’t have confidence in the information you are presenting to your students, whether they are children or adults, they are not going to benefit from it because they are not going to believe you. I mean, I think it goes without saying that you should always present factual information that has validity & value, but once you do that part, say it with confidence! Don’t be afraid of your own voice, and don’t be shy about sharing what you know. You are the teacher because you know something of value that people WANT to learn! I definitely notice that when I speak up, keep my head up high, and instruct with conviction, the students retain what I’m saying a lot better and they respect me for it as well.
2. Think then speak.
Although I don’t plan everything that I’m going to say to the T, I do try and think about the lesson or plan of action a great deal before I enter the studio or classroom. This may go without saying for some, but I actually have tried teaching classes (all my classes are movement based) where I just went in without planning beforehand. I have to say, those classes were fine, but not great. I find that my truly great lessons where myself and my students gain the most benefit are the ones that I take the time to plan out in advance.
3. Look your best.
Personally, I have been working A LOT on self-love, and loving me for me no matter what I look or feel like. However, I still do understand the importance of presenting oneself to others as someone who cares about what they look like. I want my students to see that I, as their teacher, take the time out to care for myself and look presentable. I want people to respect me, and I know that I would gain a lot less respect if I were to show up wearing my pajamas, no makeup, and a t-shirt to class everyday. The same goes for making YouTube videos! I have definitely taken note that all the popular youtubers always look absolutely beautiful in their videos. I’m not saying you have to go to the salon every time you leave the house, but just putting on light makeup (if you’re a woman, or a guy who likes to wear makeup), combing your hair, and wearing a nice outfit will show people that you’ve got yourself together, and you really know your stuff.
4. Be passionate about what you teach.
As we’ve been taught through Alex Beadon’s #FeelGoodBlogging challenge so far, our passion shows in everything that we do. For instance, I am passionate about helping people find their happiness through what I do (teaching yoga, writing, etc.), and I find that my students & readers respond when I put my passion behind what I’m doing. For instance, in yoga class, I could just simply state the physical motions, demonstrate the movements, and then end the class, but I don’t do that. I think about a class theme beforehand, something that I want to share with them so they can get the most out of the class. I want them to leave my class feeling 100% better than they did before they came in, and this passion for wanting that for my students shows in the way that I teach. I know your nerves may get the best of you before each class (I still get nervous), and those nerves may diminish your passion a bit. As long as you take a few deep breaths beforehand and center yourself back towards your mission, that passion will come back, and it will shine through you like rays of sunshine (cheesy, but true!).
5. Aim to inspire.
As a teacher, you have a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. For however long your class is, your students are there to listen & watch you and only you! Now, instead of being nervous about this prospect, think of it as an amazing opportunity! You can change the world one person at a time. YOU have the power to influence, and you can share positivity, light, love, and happiness through anything that you teach. You can be a role model for people to live more generously, promote positivity, and respect one another. Regardless of the age of your students, when you are a teacher, people look up to you. Be that teacher that people want to be like. Be that teacher who inspires positive change! You have the power! Use it for good, not just to spit out facts at people (or show a physical exercise) and send them on their way. What a wonderful gift you have! Spread your joy, passion, and love with as many people as possible!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!! I hope this has helped you to become the best teacher you can possibly be, and if you’re not a teacher, maybe it helped to inspire you in a new way! Who knows!? The possibilities are endless!! If you haven’t already, check out Day 1 & Day 2 of my posts for Alex Beadon’s #FeelGoodBlogging Challenge! Thanks so much again, and I hope to see you here again soon!
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