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Lesson 2

Teaching Techniques

Every teacher's technique is a little different. You will want to teach your class leaning into your strengths. The more you develop your practice as a student and teacher, you will gain awareness of what your students need. Knowing how you best learn gives you insight on where to start. This will create your best suited teaching technique.

You may use lots of techniques to describe one movement. For example, you may show physically what the movement looks like and accompany it with verbal cueing. 


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Cueing is one of the most important skills a good instructor can have! A cue is a way to signal with a word, a phrase or physical action that prompts your students to engage in a certain movement pattern.


Have you ever had a negative cueing experience? 

How did it make you feel?

Have you had a positive cueing experience?

How did it make you feel?

Good cueing flows into your class and helps students to stay with the workout and understand what they need to do.

Poor cueing confuses students and could lead to unhappy, frustrated students or worse --  an unsafe Barre practice.

Imagine that you know nothing about fitness. What types of cues would help you perform better or with proper form?

Cueing is your tool to ensure safety, timing, education, motivation, empowerment and structure to participants. Cues should cater to the various auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning needs of the participants.

The most common type of cueing in Barre is auditory, but we also use visual cueing to aid our students.

Remember cueing is not about you. This is to create an experience for your students, with all different types of abilities.

Being an effective teacher for all of your learners, we want to remain mindful of who is in front of us so we don’t fall into autopilot. 

Avoid negative body talk. It's important to be mindful that each student is taking a class for various reasons.

Avoid phrases like:

  • muffin top

  • jiggly bits

  • bat wings

  • beach body

  • calories

  • weight

  • suck it in

  • earn that food


Types of Cueing







If One Cue Doesn’t Work, Try a Different Cue

Something we know for sure is that no two students are the same or move the same. If there is a cue that has been able to produce a certain result, that doesn’t mean that it will work with everyone. If this is the case simply try a different cue or cue technique.

Offer Clear and Simple Cues 

This enables your students to know exactly what you’re saying versus spending their entire class trying to decipher what it is you want them to do. 

Types of Effective Cueing

Test Questions

Lesson 2 Wrap up

1. What are five types of Teaching Techniques?

2. What are three types of cueing?

3. What is the most common way to cue?

4. What can you do if a cue is not landing?

5. Which cueing technique is best for beginners?

6. Name four types of effective cueing?

7. Cueing is your tool to ensure which six aspects happen in class?

8. What do you want to avoid when cueing?

9. Isolating the sequence into individual movements is called which teaching technique?

10. Which teaching technique explains in-depth movements and transitions?

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