As part of my testing criteria for this stripe I’m required to teach two kids classes while being observed by two black belts.
After the class completed Teacher pulled me aside to give me some notes.
“Tater” he said. “If you get into a fight with five guys and you focus on only one guy, what’s going to happen?”
“I get my ass kicked by the other four guys.” I replied.
“Well, that’s what happened in class tonight,” he finished wryly.
Apparently my OCD nature got the best of me because I spent half the class fixating on the one new kid who couldn’t do anything while the rest of the class started to wonder away from their lines or lose their attention in some other fashion.
I was kind of feeling good about the class, but after he pointed that out I started to realize that I had let a lot of stuff go poorly because I’d focus on something either too long or try a concept that was too involved for their ages.
Later Teacher gave me so more notes which I think will be the hardest of all to sort out.
- Talk to the children as adults – not down to them
- You are not in a democracy – you control the class
- Off task behavior needs to be addressed immediately
and so on.
Needless to say I’m going to simplify my content on Thursday and try to keep things as professional as possible. Teacher said that he’ll make me teach the class until I get it right. Ugh.