Posted by: eveyoga | December 12, 2011

Feedback

The more resilient we are in ourselves, the easier it is to take feedback.

When I was first teaching (1980), I lacked confidence and instead of being humble about that, I adopted an air of bravado and carried on. I didn’t really ever solicit feedback about my teaching because I feared I might be told something negative.

In retrospect, I think I could have grown more quickly in my teaching skills had I not been afraid of criticism. A former business partner and colleague who was more self-assured than I would actively seek feedback after classes, and seemed to improve comparatively fast in his adeptness.

A beginning teacher will use numbers of class attendees as a measure of proficiency for teaching where sometimes its just a measure of popularity. Having an attractive personality is not the same as being a good teacher.

To get high marks, a teacher has to set goals and see whether she/he’s realised them at the end of a class, the end of a term, the end of a year.

Probably, as we approach the close of 2011, this is a good time for yoga teachers to stop and figure out whether what they were aiming at for themselves and for their students was realised.

For my part, I don’t feel that I attained what I wanted to achieve with students just by myself; I was like a midwife. The beautiful students who have been with me over this last year truly “got” yoga. They manifested benefits for their bodies and psyches, they helped solidify our yoga community, and together we deepened our commitment to an activity that’s for the ultimate good of everyone.

Crows Nest Teachers

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