My Mother, Anneliese, was strict and insisted her assistants used exacting language when they taught for her. Maybe because English was her second lauguage, laboriously learned word by word, or possibly because she intended her students to follow her instructions explicitly, she was a taskmaster.
I can see her now, twisting up her face, like some one just scratched their fingernails on a blackboard when an assistant asks the students to “lay down” for the warm up.
I recall her insistance upon not using the word, “TRY”. In German the word implies experimenting, or improvising. Her instructions to us were, “Do not ask a student to TRY to do a step. Either you dance or you don’t. Try and it means you can fail.”
Our language is permeated with the word TRY. Try to write a paragraph without using try. If you teach, we rephrase instructions. Instead of saying, “Try to spot your head”, say “Spot your head by keeping your eyes on one spot on the wall.” Your language will become clearer and explain what you want more fully.
The dance teacher should say, “Repeat these steps in this order!”
Not, “Try to jump higher, try to point your toes…” but “Jump as high as you can, as high as a basketball player”. “Point fully.”
Words you use can tell a lot about you, and the ideas you convey. Be sure you are saying what you intend.
But more than that, I recall her point of view regarding teaching. Everything I learned regarding teaching I learned from her. I studied at the University where I have a bachelor and a master degree in teaching, yet all the teaching basics I learned being her assistant.