As instructors, we like big classes. They affirm us and stroke our egos. They make it easier to access that sense of shared class energy we all love to experience.
But what about the small class? How do you create energy and fun in a group of four or five?
My classes are usually pretty well attended. In fact, my Saturday 8 a.m. class through the winter is full and wait-listed as early as 7:20. But recently I was given a new class to teach mid-morning at a suburban location. Attendance has been four or five students.
My first response was to question how I might draw energy and enthusiasm out of such a small group to create the dynamic feeling needed for a good class. I found two answers: