Borrowing, Adapting, Re-using, Creating – How to improve our skills, find our voice, and craft our niche within professional boundaries. Part Two.

Pilates COREterly

Spring 2013

by Chantill Lopez

“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination…Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”– Jim Jarmusch

What is teaching anyway? Pedagogy and pragmatisms? Is it fluid and changing? Is it science or art, a craft or a formula? In Part One of this article, featured in the Winter edition of the Pilates COREterly, I discussed various scenarios in which you might handle someone borrowing your work, how you choose to react, and giving credit when credit is due. In Part Two, we explore how we learn to teach influences, what kinds of teachers we become, and the different borrowing “situations” in which we might find ourselves in the future.

In my experience teaching is a blend of creating and following… (read more here) Borrowing, Adapting, Re-using, Creating – How to improve our skills, find our voice, and craft our niche within professional boundaries. Part Two..

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Borrowing, Adapting, Re-using, Creating – Crafting Your Niche within Professional Boundaries. Part One.

Pilates COREterly

Winter 2013

Borrowing, Adapting, Re-using, Creating – How to improve our skills, find our voice, and craft our niche within professional boundaries. Part One.

by Chantill Lopez

A recent blog post entitled “Is it Stealing? Yes or No?” by a colleague of mine sparked a heated discussion among the readers. I was perplexed at first; I had never considered the use of someone else’s adaptation, cue or modification — nor someone else’s use of mine — as stealing. It got me thinking about the controversy: When does it feel like someone else is “poaching” your knowledge to use against you or is ill-intended? How proprietary are you with the particular version of Pilates that you teach? When is borrowing a compliment and when does it feel like blatant disregard?

When developing professional ethics around borrowing, adapting and reusing or blending the work of other teachers it is helpful to look at three primary components:

Read more here: Teaching and Learning : Borrowing, Adapting, Re-using, Creating – How to improve our skills, find our voice, and craft our niche within professional boundaries. Part One..

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