Ten ways to be a better teacher

  1. Aim to learn during each class. We teach better when we are a part of the process
  2. Give honest feedback by changing the process instead of just do this or that. Understanding is key to continuous learning.
  3. Look for slight adjustments to the perception of ability instead of leaps and bounds so people can grow instead of developing a crust.
  4. Do the work for the climb instead of making it about the work itself. Doing pushups well will only get you so far.
  5. Appreciate your students as people. Aim to free them instead of guiding them in your way.
  6. We are not linear creatures. Give your students a chance to be comfortable not knowing. It is indeed a state of mind.
  7. Aim to give your students the nourishment they need instead of what you wish to give.
  8. Love what you teach so it is not work but devotion in practice.
  9. Practice your strengths and your weaknesses in your own practice and with your students.  Be honest.
  10. The basics make up everything. Keep going back to them to find new deeper understanding. Going away from the basics ends up in being lost in the work.

It is a great privilege to teach.

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