I had an “aha!” moment in class last night.
Teaching my class of 5 to 7 year olds provides constant reminders that precise language and making the connections makes all the difference in whether a child understands how to execute a technique.
For example, tonight I was working on the basic block, check, counter drill with one of the kids. His footwork was not quite right. I demonstrated the correct footwork and instructed him to step to the right against angle 1 and to the left against angle 2.
For some reason, my footwork instruction wasn’t getting through. Then I recalled that he and I had been working on the “one step” footwork pattern.
“Hmmm” I thought to myself.
I instructed the kid “Do the one step footwork when I attack you.”
Bingo, the kid got it.
That provided a lesson for me: whenever possible, connect the curriculum material to each other.
As Homer Simpson would say “Doh!” I’m always learning when teaching kids! I’m sure that I will have many more “aha!” moments while teaching these great kids. 🙂