Ron Mackey March 11, 2006, 12:23 a.m. (Message 44623)
RE: Rules for teachers
> I think that what is meant is that as the teacher one > has already perhaps chosen a certain wording so that > it is more clear to the class rather than just reading > out of the book. I know that I sometimes depend too > much on the book rather than already knowing exactly > what to tell the class. Once I really know a dance I > might describe it a little differently in a way that > would be easier to understand for the dancers. > Wendy Grubb Hi, I attend a class where a teacher reads the first try from the book and has us standing while discussions go on about what the instructions mean to each dancer involved. It is very much a timewasting experience and, by committee, often is done incorrectly in the end!. Personally, I scan any new dance and copy it to a text file. This is fairly garbled and needs re-writing/editing. In doing this one has to go line by line, often retyping the whole 8 bars being considered. I take the opportunity to insert my own abbreviations (e.g. RSh,: 1s, 2s, 3s,: Rts & Lts ; R3-4-5 etc.) and change the wording so that I can grasp the meaning more quickly so that by the time it is done it is re-written in a compact form and one has a clear idea of what the deviser intended. Oh, yes - and I always try to find more then one way of saying things to produce the same result Tonight I tried to do a couple of old dances out of books 9 & 14 (which I knew well 50 or so years ago) straight from the wee books and made a right hash of things. Taught me a lesson, it did! i.e. Don't take short cuts and be sure you know the dance before you teach it. It is the least you owe your class.