Teaching tricks?

The end of last week was spent studying and while I was away doing that, the rest of the family caught a nasty stomach flu and got pretty knackered. I’ve managed to stay clear of these during the past 3 years but this time my usual routines didn’t work – or I was just too stressed out after a tough autumn season to be able to resist the bug once it struck.

Instructing orally will give you more time to assist when needed. Need to work on this bit!

Instructing orally will give you more time to assist when needed. Need to work on this bit!

Either way, I went straight from head in books to head in bucket and stayed there for 2 days. Now I’m back to normal, although still a bit shaky, so tonight’s classes might be a bit more low-key than usual. But that’s actually something we talked about during our teacher course: while teaching it’s impossible to always be on top either mood or energywise, which makes it necessary to cultivate the oral side of teaching and instructing. I must admit that really isn’t my strong suit at all, since I’ve been very hands on in my routines until now. But will take this opportunity to try out talking more, doing less. Perhaps I’ll even discover that less is more? It certainly gives you a better opportunity to observe and assist the class, if needed.

If you’re a teacher too, what do you feel is a good do/talk ratio during class?

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