Last night, Jesse and I taught a role switch class. It’s where all our dancers danced their less dominant role. You can see what we taught below.
What was fascinating, and I only realized this when Jesse pointed it out at Birdcall, is that the new leaders were self-reflective and the new followers were rarely self-reflective. This meant that the new leaders were more likely to take responsibility and internalize things while the new followers were more likely to lay responsibility on their new leaders. Hmmmm…
One example is when the student pointed out there were 3 good leaders in the class and he would probably learn faster as a follower with them. We conceded that observation, but turned it around to emphasize their responsibility in their new role. Not to mention, there were 4 good followers in the class so everyone was on a level learning field. We know this person didn’t state this in a hurtful way, but we teachers could have handled it better.
Going forward, we’ll need to encourage greater self-reflection and perhaps coach our students how to do this. We covered it slightly through connection, spotting, and generating/following momentum, but we could do more. Overall, I’d say that the dominant-role followers made the largest adjustments during class.