Sunday, September 21, 2008

Blog #2.... mistake #2??

Today I was given another oppurtunity to watch myself teach during a simple yet complicated skill. The skill was yet again the cross-over dribble. Something great is how simple I made the cues for the cross-over basketball dribble skill. "Bounce-V-Bounce". However, while one such as myself, worked hard not to make anything too complicated, I found myself making another mistake..... too many people standing around not being as involved with the activity.

Someone might ask..... Why is that such a big deal??

heres the simple answers:....

1] gives children not involved chance to goof off

2] it is boring for kids.... think about it, lines..... chidlren are in them all the time, to class, from class, why would a child want to be in a line while inside what is supposed to be a fun activity class?

3] not enough children would be learning..... they would be more reinforcing either what they already know, or what they do not know.

So my solution to the future teachers out there....

When teaching new skills to children, try to avoid lines, and if it is impossible to avoid, make as many lines as possible to get the most out of your kids.

Then follow it up with a game that requires many uses of that skill.

Monday, September 8, 2008

DVD 1st Day preview

To the readers of this new blog,

This is my first entry and it begins with a small yet positive lesson.
That lesson is..... do not allow a teacher video tape you without your knowledge that other people will be able to buy the disc and see how bad you are...... that is of course unless you choose to use what you see as a tool on what others did wrong and what you, yourself did wrong.
- :-) Just kidding…..

I personally felt that one must remember that even though we are teaching ourselves, we are being trained to instruct people that might not possess the necessary skills. I gave way too many cues and was greatly annoyed with the fact that I was not as precise as I would have preferred.

I found that I also tried giving certain cues such as: [1] make a “V” with the ball, and [2] slide body weight like ice-skating. However, I used too much instruction with too many complicated words.

Another thing I noticed I did over some others is that after the initial skill that I taught, was the feedback I was giving to almost every person.