Teacher Tip: Gain inspo from your students!
The phrase “teach to who is in front of you” is a guide for my teaching, and it reminds me that inspiration is right in front of my nose! Especially when teaching the same group week after week I try to get in tune with their needs. So If I am feeling stuck I will do these 3 things:
3 ways I turn to my students for inspo:
- Ask (or re-ask) what they hope to achieve by doing barre. Like, being able to climb stairs better, play with their grandkids, cross train for the marathon.
- I play “choose your own adventure.” I set up the exercises, offer variations and have them choose which one is best for them that day. Everyone’s still moving but tailoring the workout to their individual needs.
- Look for clues! I will play detective while teaching, and if someone is opting for a stretch I go down that route. If someone goes into a bridge to stretch their hip flexors, then it is bridge time!
There are times when I want to check in with my classes and get inspiration form then. I want to know what it is they’d like to work on (muscles group or specific exercise), or what they want to avoid for that day (this one’s for my regular students). This helps me get an idea of their goals, and what they’re struggling with so I can provide more support in future classes.
What inspiration has your students given you lately?
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