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Teaching Tips: Know Your Classroom Audience

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Need a few teaching tips? As dance educators, it is important to read your classroom audience. Before you dig into class, take a minute to assess how the students are behaving that day.

Look around the classroom.

What students are being attentive? What students seem distracted?

Who is feeling shy on any particular day? Who seems more tired or sluggish than usual?

Could a student benefit from a little extra love or encouragement?

Does a student need some more stern guidance to check some bad behavior today?

Is your material resonating with them? Or, are they checking out of the lesson?

Each day, I make it my mission to build a connection with my students. Being in tune to their behavior, level of responsiveness, and learning style will make the educational opportunity a better experience for everyone involved!

Chasta Hamilton Calhoun

Chasta is the artistic director and owner of Stage Door Dance Productions in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is also the founder of The Dance Exec, a website and organization that provided resources and training for dance studio owners. The resources from The Dance Exec have a new home on the TutuTix blog, giving dance studio owners an even more in-depth library of free tools and information with which to grow their business. Chasta contributes to the TutuTix blog from time to time, offering her perspective as a studio owner (and TutuTix client!).