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Dealing with criticism 

on July 7, 2016

I’m a new teacher and I don’t feel like I have a lot of confidence in teaching. I’ve had some lovely feedback from the classes and some people have rearranged things so they can make a block of classes. However I had one person tell me they didn’t like my class. They have been playing on my mind a lot. What could I have done to make that class better? How could I have helped her like it? 

I’m slowly beginning to accept that not everyone will like my classes and not everyone enjoys yin yoga. It’s quite a different style of yoga and it’s not for everyone. I’m working up the courage to ask her if she didn’t like the class or style of yoga. It’s a difficult balance. 

One response to “Dealing with criticism 

  1. Tatianna says:

    I think it’s fair to say the majority of new teachers feel nervous in this way. We want to provide a positive experience, but sometimes it’s hard to know what everyone wants.. and even if we did, in a group setting it’s pretty hard to tailor your class to each individual.
    I think it is unfair of your student to say that she didn’t like it without giving a reason why. Feedback is great, but it needs to be constructive. She should have shed light on some of the things that she wanted to be different, and perhaps you could have asked the question too. Part of what seems to bother you so much is the “not knowing” what you could have done. If you have the conversation, even if it’s difficult in the moment, you will have and idea of what you want to work on and you can create some mini-goals for yourself.

    Stay positive!


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