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  • Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov

    Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov Oct. 2, 2001, 5:21 p.m. (Message 27663)

    Re: RSCDS "Teacher Support"

    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 
    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.
    Lara Friedman-Shedlov
    Minneapolis, MN  USA
    Lara Friedman-Shedlov

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