Getting their attention ...
Students tend to move toward a certain level of rapport with the instructor – so if the instructor walks onto with low-energy and apathy, the students will almost certainly follow suit. So rule one is simple – be enthusiastic and energetic, be animated – in most cases it will be contagious. Rule two – demand that the students be involved. When asking a question – expect and demand they answer it. I test them on what we have been doing, throughout the class – a quick question here and there testing their understanding of what we have done and why we have done it, does wonders. Have them answer the questions – if only to emphasize that you are doing this for their benefit. I want the students to take ownership of the knowledge I am presenting to them – and I want them to prove to me that they have done so. Ideally, I want each student to behave and interact as if there were just the two of us on the mat. I do not like students playing an anonymous role at the back of the class. Rule three, and I must say that I am often guilty of letting this one slip myself; if possible, make contact, both physically and verbally with each and every student present. This can be a challenge, especially if the class has large numbers – but it really makes a difference if their s some real and personal contact between the student and the instructor in each session. I see too many instructors standing out the front of the class and never moving from their ‘special spot’ – forget that, start moving, get in their and pat a few backs. This is martial arts instruction, not lecturing!
The teacher-instructor dynamic is a two-way relationship. Keeping this in mind, males for a more productive class and a more enjoyable and fertile learning atmosphere.