Most of us associate being referred to by name in a group class with being reprimanded.
Flashbacks of getting caught doing something not quite right in 4th grade swim in our heads when a teacher singles us out. It’s uncomfortable, a bit shocking, and we may feel totally exposed for our short comings.
However, consider this…the teacher’s job is to TEACH! You would not be getting any return on your investment if he or she gave you no attention. In fact, and I did not learn this until late in my dancing days, sometimes, teachers will name a student when their potential is recognized, but not met. The teacher may see or sense the student’s ability and feel they are ready to learn, feel, and experience more.
As a teacher, myself, I have found this to be oh so true! Rather than feeling sad-faced and possibly embarrassed, perhaps the appropriate response could be to feel that you are WORTH the comment or critique. Just maybe, that teacher sees that you are “almost there” while performing a certain series and is voicing that recognition. It is possible that hearing our name in class could symbolize improvement that we may not feel or experience just yet, but our teacher can! That means he or she is doing the job YOU have asked him/her to do.
It also illustrates their eagle eye abilities (I know, it can be freaky!). So, the next time you feel that rush of heat to your cheeks and wonder, “oh, goodness. What have I done wrong?,” walk tall and leave the class knowing you’ve gotten an extra bang for your buck and a sideline cheer from the guru leading the class.