9/14/2016 1 Comment
A Thought on Teaching Teachers
I am lucky enough to have a number of teachers in my practice right now. Voice teachers, piano teachers, P.E. teachers, as well as caregivers where teaching is an integral part of their profession. I have to admit that I work with them with a little extra relish. Why? Because it's very efficient.
When I work with a teacher's Use, what they learn trickles 'Up' to their students. Besides the thoughts, methods, and Technique they absorb, their Use itself is a teacher for whoever they work with. Why? We as humans learn by example. In terms of our physical habits, this phenomenon is specifically traced to mirror neurons--cells in our brain that translate whatever we see in somebody else's body into our own experience. So when a student of mine is teaching a class how to play guitar, they are folding his good habits of Use into their own playing, especially if they are young and relatively habit-free.
This doesn't just go for 'formal' teachers. In life, we all serve as each-other's teachers every day--on small or big things. Next time you find yourself in a situation where you are the teacher, consider how your Use could be an extra gift to whoever you are communicating with.
Thoughts on what is going on in the work and the world right now. Many posts to come.