I’ve sometimes imagined that there is a student union somewhere that sends one challenging student to each workshop – the one that when you say “find a partner,” everyone flees that person. Because they are often the last one left they frequently end up partnering with the teacher. Advice? What strategies do you have with these individuals?
- Work in small groups rather than in pairs to dilute the experience with the person.
- Demo with them so that people can see how you work with this individual.
- Sometimes I use ways to pick partners like eye color that is not about choice but about destiny.
- Change partners often.
- If someone keeps ending up with the “student union” student, have people find a partner and then right away have people find a partner again.
- And sometimes choose your partner before you tell people to find a partner so you as the teacher don’t always end up dancing with the student union representative.
- There is a saying: “A person does not rub backs with a porcupine.” If a student is consistently disruptive to the group it’s OK to ask that person to not return to class.