Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Teaching

I adore teaching. It’s fun, it’s rewarding, it makes me happy.

It’s also hard, frustrating and, at times, depressing.

Oh, but how can it be both?! ***Confusion***

Here’s how; children.

Okay, so I teach both taekwan-do and ballet. At TKD I help with an after-school program as well as teach evening classes.

The after-school program consists of around 40 public schooled children. A handful of them are really wonderful kids. A different handful are really difficult.

At ballet I teach intermediate class, and an after-school 8-12 class. Same deal there.

So how do you teach a diverse group of people?

1: Find out how different people learn. With some kids, you talk to them and they get it. Others, you have to physically position and they remember what it feels like. Sometimes you have to yell, other times it’s the worst possible thing you can do. You have to memorize which way the kids learn best.

2: Patience, grasshopper. Kids don’t like to listen. This is a law of nature. They will blatantly disregard everything you say if they feel like it that day. It’s beyond frustrating at times. But if you blow up, kids cry, kids complain to parents, parents blow up. So careful there.

3: Set a good example. The kids that actually like you, will look up to you. Watch what you say, watch how you act. It will have an impact on their lives.

4: Choose to see the progress. You can’t be negative as a teacher. Your students will be miserable, you’ll be miserable, the parents will be unhappy, and that’s no way to live.

Teaching is hard guys. But it’s so awesome. It’s definitely not for everyone, however.

Any teachers out there want to add onto this? Any parents with questions or comments? I’m desperate for conversation. Comment below!

2 thoughts on “Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Teaching

  1. Moriah says:

    I definitely agree! You have some great thoughts. There are so many different kinds of people out there, and no two are the same. I work at the after school care program at school and it’s honestly the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. And I pretty much just organize playtime. But I see it as an opportunity to teach them little things, like how to tie their shoes, how to say how they feel without screaming when they’re upset, and how to interact with people who aren’t their favorite. And it’s a learning experience for me, too. Kids see the world with so much honesty and clarity, and they know how to have fun simply. They don’t need a lot of fancy gizmos or toys. They can entertain themselves for hours with a jump rope, or just with their imagination. Working with those kids is a reminder to me what it is to be a child, and what parts of being children we should never let go of: innocence, imagination, honesty, and simple faith.

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