Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tough on the Teacher

Class wasn't as good as it has been lately. It wasn't especially bad tonight, we went over Honasu number 6 and tegatana. It's just getting difficult to keep things interesting doing the same moves over and over.

4 comments:

Patrick Parker said...

the format in which you are working is tough to fit a class into - 45 or so minutes and all beginners. I don't envy you on that one.

I might would try a cool ninja move of the night. You are working on the meat of aikido with them, which is necessary and correct, but maybe they need some dessert or some candy...

John Wood said...

That's just it..my regular who comes to class every class without fail only wants to do Honasu. She seems to have no interest in even seeing anything more advanced until she's mastered this step first. I tried telling her I haven't even "mastered" honasu and that it's an organic learning process. Still, she seems content in just doing the same thing over and over...but I'm not

Aeralyn said...

I can understand how that would be frustrating/boring to you. At the same time, it can sound overwhelming to move from one thing to the next without feeling like the first step has been fully learned. My suggestion would be move on anyway. Decide on how you're going to organize your class (x minutes of ___, x minutes of ____, etc) and just stick to that. It might be hard for your token student to grasp what you mean by it being an organic learning process until she really experiences it. Also, what you ultimately want is to teach a class many people are interested in and want to attend and variety is helpful in doing so.

John Wood said...

Just testing my new comment settings