Teaching Tool: Positive Reinforcement
One of the things I have seen teachers I admire do, is when teaching a class and they see someone doing something well, to acknowledge it in front of the class and in some cases have that person demonstrate it for the class.
What I have noticed when observing students who have this happen to them (and what I experienced the one time it happened to me):
- They get ecstatic. Lets face it, who doesn’t like positive attention.
- They usually become even more confident in the move or technique you were teaching to the class.
- You usually have a better chance of retaining them as a student.
In the case of point three, the few times I have done this when teaching at my college scene, I have usually seen the student I complimented stay the rest of the series and/or stay longer for the social dance in comparison to other students in the class.
Now I am not saying insincerely shower your students with compliments on a consistent basis.
Besides being facetious , students will eventually pick up your compliments hold no value. But if you see a student doing something well in your class, acknowledge it. It will make them a happy camper and more confident in their dancing abilities.