Jaana Heino Posted June 11, 2003 Report Share Posted June 11, 2003 Susanne's post about corrections inspired me to raise this topic. How do you feel about student questions during a class? I'm of two minds about this. Of course, the basic rule is that if you don't get something, you should ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question, etc. The class athmosphere should be such that you feel comfortable with expressing it, if you don't understand something. When some new material is or has just been introduced, I like it if people ask for clarifications - like, "could you go through the arms again?" or "I don't understand - from where should I feel that the movement comes from?" Sometimes they ask questions I needed answers for, and wouldn't have realized to ask myself. This is good. Yet, I often find myself annoyed by questions in the class, too. For example, if I don't remember the whole of the combination once it has been given, I'll just shut up and it comes to me with the music, or if it doesn't, I copy others. But some people always ask - "was it two tendus front and then to side? or three?" - and that annoys me, when it happens several times during a class (once or twice is fine). Also, when someone receives a personal correction, and spend a lot of time with discussing it with the teacher I sometimes get annoyed. I think maybe it would be better if the class went on, and they sorted it out after the class... of course, I get annoyed mostly when I myself understand that particular correction already, so I feel the feeling is unfair, too... (Then there's of course the category of questions that are not really questions but showing off one's knowledge: "One is supposed to do this like so, isn't one?", but that's not a ballet class specific problem, so maybe I'll skip complaining about that...) Quote Link to comment
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