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Right Teacher; Wrong Tools

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 There are so many great teachers out there! You might be one! But even great teachers will have limited success with the wrong tools. Let’s be logical about this and take emotion out of it: “Wrong” in this case, simply means “less effective”, or “with negative side effects”. It doesn’t mean “bad” or “useless”: […]

Lessons that Backfire

Unintentional hidden messages in your teaching advice that could be causing more harm than good. Pass it on to teachers you know! #swingliteracy #wcscoachscorner

Even the best teachers with the best intentions have moments of unintentional subliminal teaching: when their teaching habits or advice accidentally impart on their students a completely different, counterproductive, undesirable lesson. Unexamined Duplication Every teacher has their preferred teaching methods, and all have good intentions in using them. Unfortunately, many methods and pieces of advice […]

Teacher Traps

New dance teachers and veteran teachers alike should constantly monitor and "scan for viruses" in their teaching. Check yourself before you...you know! #growthmindset #makepedagogyapriority #wcscoachscorner

I have no doubt that 99% of teachers are doing the best they can with the resources they have. But the best intentions can backfire due to limited/outdated resources and misconceptions, specifically about pedagogy (the science of teaching). Diligent, humble teachers with a growth mindset constantly check themselves. Be a student of your own teaching […]

Coach’s Corner 2016 Year-In-Review

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The best articles you may have missed – you’re gonna wanna share these! The Coach’s Corner blog allows us to discuss common topics our students asked, published in a format that dancers worldwide could learn from and respond to.  We enjoy “talking shop”, but for the blog, I draw the line at skill development: physical […]

Let’s Get Personal: My Sweeter Side

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Coming out of Sweet Side of Swing, I’m always full of warm fuzzies. I’m reinspired, revitalized, and refreshed. It’s a great way to kick off a new season: bonding with other like-minded, pedagogically invested Pros and creating cathartic epiphanies that in turn serve to bond the community. This event more than any other, puts me […]

Westie Wisdom 2015 Year-in-Review

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The complete 2015 Westie Wisdom collection! I’ve always been a collector of motivational quotes. Westie Wisdom Wednesdays was originally intended to populate the newly introduced WCS Rising Star Support Network on Facebook, which was created to propagate, support, and motivate the Rising Star movement. But why should Rising Stars have all the fun? Some of […]

Coach’s Corner 2015 Year-In-Review

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The best articles you may have missed – you’re gonna wanna share these! It was one year ago that the agonizing wait was over – we finally got the keys to our shiny new website, a much larger than anticipated project due to the sheer volume of content. (If you haven’t yet, browse through the […]