There’s a distinct and powerful difference between an instructor and a teacher. I define an instructor as one who provides students information on what the instructor has learned from a book, workshop, or training program. He or she has not personally experienced that which they teach. This is a one-dimensional approach to learning, and one that I see far too often.
A teacher, on the other hand, offers a multi-dimensional approach to learning, making it a priority to personally develop their movement skills, apply what they’ve learned, and acquire teaching aptitudes through their personal practice.
I, for one, believe that to be truly impactful, you must share your personal experience with your students. Over the years, I’ve witnessed firsthand that when I share my aha moments and take the time to explain how my views on movement have deepened, my students take that understanding and apply it to their own personal growth. My goal is to provide you with tools to be an influential teacher—one who grows and learns alongside his or her students.
So, be a teacher. Get down to your students’ level, demonstrate, and share. You’ll then witness them excelling in ways only communal experiences can offer. And it should go without saying, but teach from experience only. I’ve taken many classes from various teachers who cannot properly execute an exercise yet teach it to their students. If you can’t do something, don’t teach it! When you ask your students to perform an exercise that you can’t do yourself, you’re essentially acting as an instructor. First learn that skill, then teach it to your class.