Phill Jones March 11, 2006, 12:46 a.m. (Message 44624)
RE: Rules for teachers
Hi, Just a thought for teachers out there that I have heard used by school teachers... If a member of the class does not learn something you have taught them it is because you it wrong. In other words, if you go in to a class without preparing it properly (i.e. without at least two or three ways of describing/presenting everything) then you as a teacher will fail to teach the majority of the class. I know how that makes me feel on the receiving end! -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Ron Mackey Sent: 10 March 2006 23:24 To: SCD news and discussion Subject: 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.