I've been doing a ton of teaching lately. One of the things I pride myself on most in terms of my teaching style is that I work hard to build camaraderie among members of a class. I also try to get students to seek feedback from each other and thereby gain some greater self-awareness and self-confidence as they respond to one another's work with intelligence and compassion.
But sometimes, lately, it seems I may have been retreating too far into the background.
In the last week on two completely separate fronts I've received feedback that can be summed up as:
Roland, I'd really love to hear more of your direct feedback on the work.
It's a funny thing for me because I am so deeply programmed (thanks, Mom!) to avoid at all costs any hint of hogging center stage, pushing my own agenda at the expense of others, etc. etc. And yet, the truth is, when someone signs up for one of my writing workshops, I have to assume a big part of what they're after is feedback from me. I guess I just have to own that.
In a non-obnoxious way.
Something to work on, I guess.