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Teacher Criticism 

A quick shout out to anyone who might be feeling a little disheartened by criticism their teachers give them.

Your teachers shouldn’t make cheap or nasty comments on your personality. They shouldn’t be mean to you or say degrading things to you.

HOWEVER they cannot help you improve without telling you what you need to improve on. 

Try not to get too upset when you receive criticism. 

Try not to allow yourself to believe that receiving criticism means you suck and should quit ballet and take up table tennis. 

Try not to centralise the criticism and make your whole self-worth based around it. That’s not what your teacher wants you to do with it.

I have been told that my hands were doing weird claw-like things, that I’m not pointing enough, that I’m not trying hard enough, that I’m not pulling up enough and that my frappes need an entire private class to correct and that I am sickling — to which I was all like, What? No way man, I don’t sickle! Alas, I was indeed sickling.

The frappe one always makes me laugh because, honestly, my frappes do always look more like floppes! Haha.

I have been in studios where I receive a lot of corrections and in studios where I receive no corrections and I would, without a doubt, prefer to receive a lot of corrections.

If a teacher is correcting you, they want you to improve.

Don’t get all egotistical and think that you are the most important person in that room to the teacher. If you think you’re more important than anyone else in the room then you will most definitely feel disappointed when the teacher doesn’t treat you as you think is appropriate (doesn’t give you extra attention or compliment you). 

Try to think of teacher criticisms as notes for improvement and try to be grateful that you’re receiving them at all. 

Don’t take it personally. 

Don’t use it as a way to beat yourself up. 

Use it positively. Use it productively. Use it as it is intended — to get better.

Love yourself. Be proud of yourself. Have FUN!

Zoe xxx

P.S remember, you deserve to be in the room.

Today, after having FUN during ballet. 🙂
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3 thoughts on “Teacher Criticism ”

  1. It is good to read this. I was going to write a similar blogpost, but now you saved me the trouble. During my last workshop I was guilty of some of the behaviour or attitude you mentioned. When I went back to dance class after almost ten years of not dancing, I was convinced that I was the worst student ever. This feeling lasted for almost two years, I think. Suddenly, however, I got a lot of attention, not only from my regular teacher but also from guest teachers and more advanced students. I admit, this did bust my self-confidence. Now, during the last workshop I did not get as much praise and attention as I used to. I did not complain or get angry. I just felt very inadequate, wondering what I had done wrong. When I thought about that later, I realized that there are very few students who are praised regularly or who are asked to demonstrate a step or part of a choreography. In a class of 15-2o people, we are about 4-5 who are singled out in this way. Looking back, I can see that my teacher makes an effort to distribute his attention equally, but he does not alway succeed. I have been among those who got more than the normal quantity for eight years now. I should be able to leave some for the rest of the class, shouldn’t I? But we all know: almost everybody secretly wants to be best girl and teacher’s darling. Further, it is true that I did not do too well in this workshop. I was not really bad, but not as good as, for example, last year. Sometimes it is necessary to be reminded that I am not Mrs Perfect and that I do not have to be, either. (Sorry for the loooong comment.)

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    1. It’s funny when we go through times of reversed roles. I think that’s why it’s so important to keep remembering why we’re doing it, and keep doing it for ourselves. Otherwise we can end up doing things just to seek attention of others. And that will lead to much unhappiness.

      Thanks for your in depth comment. I really enjoyed it.

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