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    Marie Disiewicz Oct. 2, 2001, 9:04 a.m. (Message 27650)

    Top of the day to you!
    This would interest me and maybe a few others have wondered about this.
    Please inform me of any reading refernces that might answer my
    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?
    
    2. What! IF ANY ! qualifications should a RSCDS teacher  coordinator of
    a RSCDS Branch have?
    
    3. Prelim and Certificate teachers,  [ new or seasoned] what has been
    YOUR experience for support and encouragement.?
    
    4. Teacher coordinators -  RSCDS Branch - what is the  agenda to support
    and encourage new and seasoned teachers?
    
    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.
    
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    Happy dancing
    Marie
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    Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov Oct. 2, 2001, 5:21 p.m. (Message 27663, in reply to message 27650)

    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
    
    
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    > 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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    Lara Friedman-Shedlov     
    xxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx
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    Alan Twhigg Oct. 2, 2001, 10:27 p.m. (Message 27676, in reply to message 27650)

    Hi Marie,
    
    In the San Francisco Branch, we have never had a
    single person assigned to the role of teacher
    coordinator. Instead, we have a Branch-sponsored
    Teachers' Committee (TC) that meets approximately once
    a quarter and is responsible for putting on teaching
    workshops, choosing candidate class tutors, planning
    programs for Branch-wide dances and balls, and other
    related items to support teachers.
    
    All Branch members who have passed either the
    Preliminary or Teacher's Certificate RSCDS exams are
    invited to participate, but of the 30 or so active
    teachers in the Branch, perhaps half that number get
    involved in the TC on a regular basis.
    
    The Branch Executive supports the TC with financial
    assistance to cover operating expenses, subsidize
    workshops, and provide scholarships for individual
    training. Officers who serve on the Executive or in
    the TC leadership are elected to one- or two-year
    terms and sometimes serve 2 or 3 terms, as there is a
    learning curve implicit in these roles, but in general
    individuals rotate out of these positions after that.
    
    I can provide further details if desired, but don't
    want to go on at length on a topic that may not be of
    interest to the general list.
    
    -Alan Twhigg.

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