teaching beginners

Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov

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In response to the question about whether the Prelim and/or Full
Certificate training prepares teachers to draw in and teach beginners, I'd
say the answer is yes and no, in my experience.

As I experienced it (took the prelim in 97, the full in 2000), the teacher
training did a very good job of teaching how to break down steps and
formations and present them to beginners in a manner that they can be
readily absorbed. "Progressive" teaching is certainly a buzzword, as
someone has already mentioned.

On the other had, not much time was focused on the social aspects of
structuring a class. You are left to figure out for yourself how to draw
people in and how to make the class actually fun. I think it would be
great if there was time, during the teacher training, to at least engage
in some discussions on topics such as how to attract beginners or how to
balance a class of dancers of mixed experience levels. I do know that
there is some opportunity for discussions of this type at the TAC
(Teachers' Association Canada) AGM. They hold roundtable discussions on
various topics like this. I have also found that TACTalk, the quarterly
publication of TAC, has some wonderful articles on topics along these
line.

--Lara Friedman-Shedlov
Minneapolis, MN

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