RSCDS "Teacher Support"

Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov

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Marie,

I'm not sure what you mean when you mention "teacher coordinators," but
here are some responses to your questions.

> 1. What does your RSCDS Branch and RSCDS affiliate clubs do to
> encourage and support prelim and full certificate teachers from
> their own clubs?

Our branch subsidizes the cost of attending teacher
training/certification workshops whenever possible. The board also
supports teachers by assigning other people to do some of the
logistical/maintenance tasks that often fall to teachers in other
groups, such as: booking space, unlocking & locking up the space,
cleaning up, etc. Although our teachers are not paid, the branch does
reimburse us (up to a set amount each year) for expenses such as dance
books we may purchase. The branch purchases music recordings for us to
use (although some of the teachers in the group purchase their own);
the branch has a huge collection of LPs and CDs and also provides the
equipment to play them.

>
> 2. What! IF ANY ! qualifications should a RSCDS teacher coordinator
> of a RSCDS Branch have?

Not sure what you mean by a teacher coordinator. Do you mean a teacher
who is coordinating a class? In order to run a class I think the most
important qualifications are:

1) Dancing proficiency
2) Ability to clearly break down and explain steps and figures
3) Ability maintain the social nature of the activity while still
actually teaching stuff (i.e. keep things fun, while at the same time
educational)
4) Ability to convey the joy of dance
5) People skills -- tact, diplomacy, leadership, etc.
6) Flexibility/Adaptability
7) At least a minimal sense of humor

>
> 3. Prelim and Certificate teachers, [ new or seasoned] what has been
> YOUR experience for support and encouragement.?

As a newly certified teacher (August 2000) I have been fortunate to
receive a lot of support the people in our dance group, on many
levels. In addition to the things listed above under question #1, I
have also received a lot of encouragement and positive feedback from
the dancers. That's really what makes it worthwhile.

> 5. What is the procedure in your area for RSCDS teacher
> coordinators and RSCDS teachers?. e.g.: do you rotate or do the same
> people stay at the helm.

In our branch, there are about 6 or 7 teachers (not all of whom are
always active in a given year). We usually switch off teaching duties,
each teacher taking about a 6-8 week long series of classes before
another teacher takes over. Since there is basically only one class in
our area, no one wants to teach all the time (as you don't get to dance
much while you are teaching), so we don't mind switching off.

Hope this helps.

Regards,
Lara Friedman-Shedlov
Minneapolis, MN USA

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