As I mentioned earlier, I believe my role as an Instructor is to promote Fun, Fitness and Camaraderie amongst my students. So to my surprise yestetday after finishing up my classes, the receptionist handled me to notes from my students informing me that they wouldn't have be in class is week due various reasons, and I thought that was great because their friends (other students) miss them in class.
So, no its not always about the Instructor - sometimes it might be just to pass a message along.
Typically, my regular students will inform me if they anticipate an absent. There are several single women that lives alone, and if their are not in class I will give them a call just to check to make sure they are okay.
I've created a spreadsheet of students' names and telephone numbers, and if one of my regular students missed four classes or more I will contact them to ensure that everything okay with them, and my students LOVE it!
So, yes you are right sometimes its not about the Instructor - something could have happen, or sometimes it takes the student some time to get to know the Instructor's style, personality or their class format.
So glad your participants came back. It just goes to show, we shouldn't take it personally when someone doesn't come to class. Unfortunately, we always do or at least wonder!
Hope is the high; dread is the low; life is the stuff in between! -- Medium
"There is no such thing as destiny, only different choices. Some choices are easy. Some aren't. Those are the important one; the ones that define us as people." Quote from the movie 23. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) Inspire others by your example.
I think as instructors we have all been in your shoes in one way or another. I am so happy for you that you found out the reason, no matter how hard we try not to take things personally , we do, it is human nature.
My name is Melody, living in OZ!
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I try not to take personally the comings and goings of my class participants. People have 3 main reasons to come to my class: they like me (and their classmates), they like the format, or they like the music. They have a million reasons NOT to come, including dental appointments, laziness & inertia, illness, vacations, etc etc etc, most of which is out of my control. Still, it was hard to take when about a quarter of my 8 am class defected to the 9 am that follows it. I couldn't help but wonder what was missing or objectionable about my class that sent them away.
I found out today. They were back, and seemed happy to be there. Eventually one of them told me that the driver who brings a bunch of them in her van was back in town and back in the driver's seat! If they have to drive themselves, they have to wait for more daylight because their night vision isn't great (they're seniors). It's not always about the instructor!
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