Three recent posts (weeks 6, 7, and 8) explored how we learn and the different types of learners. Now, in month 3, Christina expands on learner types, specifically in how we structure out teaching methods to accommodate them all. Meaning, how to teach a class that provides value for all four types of learners — the athletes & dancers (Physical Types), the scientists & engineers (Intellectual Types), the psychologists (Emotional Types), and the mystics & poets (Spiritual Types).
No small feat! And considering that I’ve not had that much experience teaching (yet), I’m exploring this on a theoretical level.
4 Types of Students
Although everyone falls primarily into one category, truth is, we are also all a mix. Can we really say that someone is 100% an athlete / dancer with no mystical, emotional, or psychological part? Of course not. But generally one part is stronger and more receptive and that is where structuring a class that speaks to each type of student is invaluable.
So when I teach, I want to inspire (mystics and poets), physically challenge (athletes and dancers), educate (scientists and engineers), and nourish (emotional).
Teach, demonstrate, explain, inspire, support, demo, adjust, listen. And, most important, adapt as necessary to immediate class and circumstance.
My First Foundations Course
The first time I taught a 4 week foundations course, I included a philosophy component that I was really excited about. Funny thing, though, after the first class, it was clear the students really weren’t interested; instead, they wanted to learn the postures.
So did I force feed them yoga philosophy over the next 4 weeks? Nope. I dropped that entirely and instead focused on how to do the poses. I did drop small philosophy nuggets while teaching the poses but dropped the dedicated philosophy component entirely.
In other words, I adapted to the students rather than force them to adapt to my initial program.
So that’s my take a way this week. No matter the type of student / learner, adapt to what I see in front of me.