Someone answered it for me and also I answered it, kind of in another post. I stated that you see things that are wrong that you've done but didn't recognize. That also could be said from the students standpoint. It dosen't mean that they will recognize it though.When I was a lower level apprentice instructor and the other instructors could not make it in, my brother-in-law (who was my instructor at that time) put me in front to teach his class and I made a lot of mistakes. Thats how we learn what it takes to teach.quote]
With all do respect James, how did your students benefit from this?
Besides all intructor training includes the chief instruor and higher level instructor present. Otherwise it would not be "instructor training."
If your school dosen't have "instructor training," more power to them. But whose students are getting ripped off?
Something to think about.
Teaching allows you to catch things you might of overlooked otherwise. Even at the most basic level, asissting beginners, you should catch things that are wrong that you've done yourself from time to time but didn't necesarily see it as wrong.
How do you justify everyone doing a certain drill that is quite core in your art if some people don't have any interest in that drill, if they don't want to do that drill? Think of instructing as another drill, one that may or may not be crucial to your art.
I sure hope that was tonque in cheek because everyone makes mistakes.
Yes, that was tongue in cheek. But the fact is, if a teacher is making alot of mistakes, it's not a good learning environment for the students. It may be a great learning experience for the 'new teacher', but as paying students, they deserve better.
It is my feeling that the students of today are the teachers of tomorrow. If guided correctly and taught correctly those that are natural teachers will become great teachers, others will learn to teach a little something but never be great. However a unsupervised apprectice is not a good thing for them or the students in any situation. But just like in the corporate world not all apprentice / internships are paid jobs.Yes, that was tongue in cheek. But the fact is, if a teacher is making alot of mistakes, it's not a good learning environment for the students. It may be a great learning experience for the 'new teacher', but as paying students, they deserve better.
Excellent post. My brother-in-law (instructor) once told me after I told him why he shouldn't promote someone (ignorant me) "Oh your ready to take over the class now?" I got the message.Hello,
I feel that the students have chosen, and are in a particular school, to learn what the teacher is teaching.
This may be considered "over simplification"... But... I think that if students do not have an interest in what the teacher is teaching, and feels is important for student development, then the student should be studying elsewhere.
The responsibility of what is appropriate to teach, and how it is taught is the sole responsibility of the teacher. Good or bad. The student must decide if the situation is a good fit, or not, for them. Certainly not to seem like I feel the teacher is always right. We have all made mistakes. (still make them daily) Your "metal" is in if, and how, you learn from your mistakes and move forward.
When the students are allowed to decide what, and how, the teacher teaches we have the proverbial "cart pulling the horse" scenario. Bottom line. If the student is not interested, to the point of discounting, what is being taught by the teacher then the school is probably not a good fit for the student. As students we will all encounter things we do not see as necessary to learn. If you "stay the course" more often then not you will find that much of what is taught has merit.
I require ALL students to teach. They start at white belt level and continue as long as they are with me.
After i know a student is capible of preforming a technique , form, whatevre, I have them start showing it to newer students. I watch, correct, or give hints as how to instruct better.
If they are unable to pass on their knowledge then I am not sure they really have that knowledge
I fully agree. I allow those actively teaching free tuition. For black belts I will, usually, waive the monthly fees if they teach a minimum of one class weekly. Of course, some wish to teach more then that. If it is possible, it will usually be allowed. As the chief instructor of a school, I feel that you should not allow a large majority of the teaching to be done by others. You should continue to be VERY involved in all aspects of teaching to enhance your own learning and understanding.
I have found that the more one of teaching rank teaches, the better they become at the art and discipline. I emphasize "of teaching rank", because I believe that only those at a certain level should be teaching. I do not think a beginning student will benefit much, if any, from teaching others. I think all has to be kept in perspective.
Good point, thanks!