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  • Ron Mackey

    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.
    		
          

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