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September 6, 2007

Professional teaching

During a recent discussion on Tango-L discussion list, someone offered a very beautiful definition of “absolutely professional teaching“. Here are two points which I personally found very important; full text here

  1. … prepare their lessons in advance, studying deeply what what they are going to teach and how to transfer their knownledge to the students.
  2. … treat the students with respect and kindness… As students, we’re all vulnerable… some teachers act as if they were born knowing how to dance, forgetting the fact that to come to a class means to forget our ego by telling other people “I don’t know, please, teach me what you do know, help me”.

Something that all anyone currently teaching Tango or planning to do so should try to aim for, in my opinion.

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