I got a great email last week from my friend Kay Scorah, which I thought I’d share here verbatim.
This week, I have been on a contact improvisation course with Wolfgang Hoffman. (Amongst other credits, co-founder of Fabrik Potsdam dance company). It has been an absolutely delightful and extraordinary experience, and one that I find hard to express in words. But here are 2 things that I have realised.
1) …a really fine teacher (or facilitator) is not attached to a programme, a structure or even an idea of their own role. A really fine teacher dances with the class. (Both literally and figuratively in the case of Wolfgang. )They change according the abilities of the least and the most talented student. They stop and pause, taking the time to think about what’s best to do next. They try things, and if those things don’t work, they try something else. In summary, a really fine teacher is learning all the time, and makes that learning visible.
2) …there is a huge difference between asking for feedback THROUGHOUT a session or a course, and asking for feedback at the end. Asking for feedback on an ongoing basis gives you a chance to act on that feedback to the benefit of the people in the room. It lets the group know that you are serious about helping THEM. Asking at the end is only going to help the next group, or the teacher. If we call ourselves improvisers, we should be able to take the feedback and do something about it right then and there. Also, asking for SPECIFICS in feedback is essential if you are serious about using it.
Makes sense to me!
Note for geeks: Blogged from 11,000 metres over Western Australia courtesy of Singapore Airlines’ onboard wifi.