Poor instruction techniques
There are a bunch of things instructors do that are just bad
Here are a few instruction techniques that I have observed, which make for a bad learning experience for your class.
- Constant shouting, either numbers like 1 2 3 4 or other points which for the most part people tune out of, or find annoying, especially as they’d rather listen to the music.
- The movement has poor transitions, meaning they chop and change randomly. Before anyone has got a chance to follow, they’ve gone and changed again.
- Their energy is moderate throughout instead of using dynamic level of energy. They are not demonstrating adaptations or modifications for the differing levels in their class.
- They are not looking and observing the class. They are so wrapped up in their own movement, and perhaps how they look in the mirror, that they haven’t noticed that most of the class is really not engaged.
- They keep stopping, for more than a few seconds at a time. The exercisers’ time is valuable, they don’t want to hang around. They want to exercise, and get as much time moving in the class as possible.
- They forget that they are providing a service, and instead behave like they’re the star of a show. So many instructors buy in to the theatrics of stage and bring them to their class. They turn up late, swanning in like everyone wants their autograph. They think they have the right to shout at people who they consider aren’t pulling their weight. They refer to people as, “my dancers,” as though they are world-famous stage performers. These behaviours might work in performing arts, but in exercise to music, they are not appropriate.