Why The Union is forming
We feel that the discovery of one’s authentic, personal teaching style and voice is a neglected stage of development in our profession. The Union offers a safe container in which you can discover more about your unique gifts and ways of applying the Alexander Technique concepts without being measured against someone else’s style of teaching.
The Union work exchange format amplifies your teaching and reflects it back to you, empowering you to make well informed decisions about your own growth and development as a teacher.
We naturally draw connections between your unique way of teaching and the concepts of the Alexander Technique, so that we can understand those concepts, and the truth about how humans function, better. We think your singular voice is important in this endeavor, and hope that you will be pleasantly surprised by the joy experienced in finally getting to just be yourself in the learning and teaching environment.
Many teachers express a deep lack of confidence in their skills, and even despair that they will ever be really “good” at it, especially compared to the teachers that they trained with. This is not unique to our profession. Teachers of all kinds suffer from the same problem. Teaching itself is profoundly non-formulaic, improvisational, and incredibly difficult to do well.
An Alexander Technique training course can only cover so much territory, and even after three or more years of training many teachers feel that they are just getting started in actually understanding the work. Once we start teaching on our own, it starts to get real.
We may try to emulate our trainers, but find that when we are on our own, we have to find a way that works for us personally. Sometimes it’s incredibly different than how we trained. It’s easy to get isolated during this phase of our career. Lack of confidence grows in isolation, and it’s difficult to know if we are veering off course as we start following our natural teaching instincts out in the world.
Existing post-graduate offerings abound! However, they are either for improving teaching skills within an already existing pedagogy, business skill development, or learning a niche-specific skill set that has been developed by someone who has already found their teaching voice. And you can spend as many years on even one of these things as you did for your initial training.
What about your voice?
A very important piece of needed support is missing, and that’s where The Union comes in.
What if the nature of the Alexander Technique is experimental, continually generating new pedagogies?
What if those pedagogies could actually illuminate one another, revealing a larger and more accurate view of human functioning?
What if new methods were much needed for different purposes and by different kinds of people who learn in different ways?
What if finding an authentic "teaching voice" was a stage of development that could be more easily and effectively done in community instead of the isolation that often occurs once we leave training?
What if we didn’t have to teach for 40 years before getting “good” at it?
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