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4 Tips for Instructor Warm-Up Activities

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 6/25/18 8:00 AM
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It’s very important that instructors engage in some type of warm-up activity before going into any teaching situation, regardless of whether it is face-to-face or online. Musicians tune up their instruments before a performance, vocalists warm up their vocal chords before singing, dancers and athletes stretch and warm up their muscles before performing and competing, and actors engage in a variety of warm-ups before hitting the stage or screen. We even warm up our cars on a very cold day before driving to our destination. If you want to reduce your anxiety, feel a sense of focus and presence, begin incorporating the following tips into your instructor warm-up plan:

1. Stretch I begin my morning with a 10-minute stretching routine and it has served me well over the years. Our bodies are our instruments in the classroom. Engaging in some type of stretching exercise or anything physical will aid in your stamina in the classroom.

2. Breathe We’ve all been told to breathe when we are nervous or anxious. However, that may be difficult to do when your anxiety is high. Before entering the classroom, take a moment to consciously take slow, deep breaths. This will allow you to feel centered and grounded.

3. Vocalize Our voices are the main instrument in the classroom and require some energizing in the morning. Singing in the shower can be a fun way to warm up your voice. I also find using a few tongue twisters is a helpful technique to open the voice.

4. Use Mental Imagery It is important to get our minds right! We may awake not feeling our best—we are human and that’s a reality. But, as any performer will say, “The show must go on!” Engaging in mental imagery or creative visualization is a powerful technique to claim how you want your day to go.

 

Incorporating the above tips in your instructor warm-up practice will certainly have a profound impact on your performance, regardless of what, where, or how you teach. It’s always worked for me! We should never walk into a teaching situation cold—make sure you warm it up!

 

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Linda has been a course leader with Langevin since 2005. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Organizational Behavior and Communication. She’s also had the privilege of teaching at NYU’s Gallatin Division in the area of Theatre and Education. Linda began her career facilitating conflict resolution and coexistence workshops for diverse groups, and running workshops in the Middle East and South Africa, as well as facilitating social issues workshops for young people in the NYC school system. Linda believes learning works best when it is student-centered, experiential, interactive, and fun. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find Linda at the theatre, either as an audience member or actor, or spending quality time with her family and friends.



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