Listening and Learning 傾聽與學習
Hearing more from you!
This week I had a few more opportunities than usual to talk with some of my students outside of class time. More than once I had someone mention they’ve been keeping up with the newsletters and wondered how I could come up with something to talk about each week. I’ll admit some weeks are harder than others! However, I’m a naturally pretty chatty and open person so I enjoy sharing my thoughts, feelings and experiences with any one who cares to hear it.
In the past few weeks I’ve been trying to focus more on listening than sharing though-- with the feedback forms for our trial class at TDC ( classes to start in October! ) and the invitation to share your story in last week’s letter. Additionally, I tried to spend a few extra moments talking with my clients and students to hear from them. How is their day going? How does their body and energy feel today? What I found was that these few small moments allowed me to feel more connected to them, took the pressure off of just me delivering something to my students and rather had us both feeling more energized throughout the class by the feeling of giving and taking going on.
Having a large number of back to back classes each day I tend to rush in and out of the classrooms and feel the need to give people a full 60 minutes class of dance so that they’ll feel like they “got their money’s worth”. I realized that in my constant rush and by not checking in with students it means I’m making a lot of assumptions about what they want or need that day. Some people are there to break a sweat, while others are happy to enjoy the music or to spend time for themselves or with friends.
Hearing from you makes our classes about US. Listening to you helps me learn how to be a better instructor, but also, simply a better, more understanding student of you and your life experiences.
If you haven’t already, I’d like to invite you to share some of your story with me. Why do you come to class? What does dance mean for you? What makes you want to open your newsletter each week? I appreciate you helping me practice to listen and learn more!
每天大量一堂緊接著一堂的課，讓我覺得自己總是在教室間衝進衝出，也讓我總覺得一定要給他們上滿 60 分鐘的課，這樣他們才會覺得值回票價。我發現長期地衝進衝出進出以及沒有和學生保持互動，顯現出我一直在猜測他們當天所想要或需要的：有些人想要大流汗，但是有些人只是想要和朋友一起享受音樂。
( Anna Liang 譯 )