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How to return to WCS teaching (post-COVID) stronger than ever (Part 3 of 3)

While the West Coast Swing “league” (social dancing, events, and comps) is on hiatus, smart WCS teachers are using their downtime to reassess, refresh, and rebuild their teaching practice.  All around the world, the local teachers are the new champions, rebuilding the scene at the grassroots level. That’s what we specialize in – supporting local […]

Top priorities to refresh and rebuild your WCS teaching after COVID (Part 2 of 3)

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This article is Part 2 of a 3-part series for teachers wondering what they can do in this forced down-time to prepare their teaching practice so that as restrictions get lifted, they can come back to dance stronger than ever. In Part 1: How Smart WCS Teachers Can Prepare Now for Post-COVID,we talked about how this […]

How Smart WCS Teachers Can Prepare Now for Post-COVID (Part 1 of 3)

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With the hiatus that COVID has given (ok forced upon) the entire dance community, smart teachers are taking advantage of this opportunity to reflect, reassess their goals, and upgrade their WCS teaching.Even if you are not back to actively teaching yet, take advantage of the extra time you have (due to not social dancing) to:Research […]

14 common teaching habits that might be sabotaging your students

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Even the best teachers with the best intentions have moments of unintentional subliminal teaching: when their teaching habits or advice accidentally deliver a completely different, counterproductive, undesirable lesson. Check your habits here! In this article, I’m going to talk about why certain advice backfires. Then I outline 14 typical teaching habits or advice that tend to […]

How to handle your students’ questions like a boss!

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Do your students pester you with questions? ​Do you you wish they would ask more questions?​Do you wish you could always find the right answer to give them?​Do they distract each other and then ask about something you just said?How a teacher handles students’ questions proves their credibility, their maturity, their empathy, and their trustworthiness. All […]

3 Juicy teaching strategies you might not be using yet

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Enjoy these rare but super-effective teaching tools from our massive collection:GamificationTrained Feedback podsThe Missing W’s Good teachers are collectors, tinkerers, and experimenters. They hunt and gather for nuggets of tips and advice to scuttle home to their students in the hopes that it will entertain them and help them improve.We know, because we are master collectors. […]