I WILL TEACH THIS CLASS AS IF IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CLASS I'LL EVER TEACH
There might be times when you are getting ready to line up a class and, due to the size of the class or a personal challenge running through your mind, you aren’t very motivated. Maybe you’re tempted to just give it half the effort you normally would, or decide you want to bow the class out early. It is times like this that you must remember the Instructor’s Creed and teach this class as if it is the most important class you’ll ever teach. Why? Because it is! Every time your students come to class they are either one step closer to getting their Black Belt, or one step closer to quitting. Your performance may decide which one. Treat a class of one with the same enthusiasm as you would a class of thirty or you will never have and keep a class of thirty. Remember, you are only as good as your last class.
I AM PATIENT AND ENTHUSIASTIC
Patience and Enthusiasm are the two most important qualities of any Teacher. Being patient with your students allows your students to relax and feel comfortable, therefore making it much easier to learn. Patience is one way of showing that you care. People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Teaching with enthusiasm enables you to excite your students and hold their interest longer. It also makes you more interesting. Being more interesting keeps your students more interested.
I LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Albert Schwitzer said, “The three most important ways to lead people are: by example, by example, and by example!” Emerson once wrote, “What you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying.” What do these two quotes mean to a Martial Arts instructor? Walk your Talk! Don’t say one thing and do another. Do exactly what you tell your students to do. When what you say and what you do are exactly the same, your students will trust you and be receptive to any input you might give them.
WHAT AN INSTRUCTOR IS. . .
1. A representative of the school
2. A representative of their instructors
3. A representative of the Martial Arts.
Physical qualities aren’t enough to make someone a good instructor. Instructors must have a positive attitude as well as a sincere interest in their students. It is said that, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Therefore, instructors should try to make their students feel important.
• Because to them they are important!
• Because we should treat people that way!
• Because in return they will give their friendship, respect, and their business.
• Make eye contact.
• Call the students by name.
• A touch or pat on the shoulder or back.
• Identify with them. (We were all beginners, once.)
• Imagine a sign on their chest that says, “Make me feel important!”
It should be obvious to everyone concerned that when you are teaching, that is where you want to be.