Gerald Klickstein, author of The Musician's Way, posted an interesting blog entry on his website titled "Top Ten Ways to be Nervous on Stage", and it got me thinking about how I would go about being a terrible private teacher.
Remember when making a list like this that you're looking for what the worst teacher in the world would do, not what you personally don't like about your teaching. Don't let it turn into an exercise in negativity. Instead, use it to help you find opportunities for growth. Is there anything you do that resembles something on the Terrible Teacher list, and if so, what changes could you make to fix it?
There's always room to improve, whether in teaching or performing, and it's healthy to give yourself constructive criticism from time to time. After you make your Terrible Teacher list, it's important to make another, different one: the Excellent Educator list. Figure out how an amazing teacher would do things. For example:
It's easy to become complacent if you're solely teaching and no longer studying with a teacher yourself. If you haven't spent much time analyzing yourself, use the worksheet below as your first step. (I included topics that I think are important, and there's space at the bottom of it for other categories that resonate with you.) Never stop looking for ways to become a more effective educator; the results will show in your students' success.