Lesson Planning

Discussion in 'The Instructors Room' started by Gnarlie, Jun 14, 2019 at 8:47 AM.

  1. Gnarlie

    Gnarlie Well-Known Member

    Should you ever use the same lesson plan for the same group twice?

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  3. Rugratzz

    Rugratzz Active Member

    In our club we have a weekly theme, one week it could be self defence, so that would be the plan for two days. Personally I carry on from the previous lesson, so I may incorporate some of the material, or build on it. If its the little ones then I will more often than not have to go through the previous lesson plan, as they often forget.

    I am not sure if that ansered your question?
  4. Gnarlie

    Gnarlie Well-Known Member

    Same. But, in your experience, do you and / or other instructors ever repeat the exact same lesson plan? Or is it better to present the same information in new ways? Do students feel more comfortable when it's something they have done before and they know what's coming? Or is it better to mix it up to stave off staleness and disguise repetition?

    I'm interested in the effects of exact repetition of lesson plans on the student's comfort and confidence level and their perception of their own successes, along with their ability to assimilate information regarding underlying principles of our martial art.

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  5. Rugratzz

    Rugratzz Active Member

    AAAHhh Gotcha! I personally wouldn't use the same lesson plan. As the old saying goes variety is the spice of life. I believe students need a challenge, every time they train. As an instructor, its my job to teach in the most effective way for every student, sometimes I /we need to be creative.

    The only class I seem to repeat is when we do Taegueks, although doing them with eye closed, facing different directions, piggy back Taegueks, the one on the back does the hand techniques the other does the stances and kicks. I really try to make the students think rather than be clones.

    I think if I was to use the same lesson plan (although I dont actually have a piece of paper) they and I would get bored. The little ones from 5 years are a little different and like things that they are familiar with, adding little by little.
  6. Gnarlie

    Gnarlie Well-Known Member

    I think kids need variety too. Presenting the same old same old in different ways is important to disguise the mundane repetition at the core or martial arts, which is not something children are good at.

    For adults, I think repetition of lesson structure has some benefits in terms of student self perception and perceived successes - I am interested to hear your perspectives.

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  7. Rugratzz

    Rugratzz Active Member

    I really like this thread! Its making me sit back and actually think about the way I teach, and how I do it.

    Adults are better at using the information you give them and applying it, or at least trying too. our adult class, covers all grades from total beginners through to 5th and 6th dan. So sometimes applying the same format can be challenging, I always, at least once or twice in the lesson, mix the grades, not allowing a high grade to train with another of a similar grade. it works for two reasons, firstly, the high grade has to reach back and remember what it was like trying to learn how to do say, yeop chagi, thus giving them a better understanding of the technique. Secondly, the student gets a little one on one help, they also gain confidence, in being able to ask questions ( for some people they find it hard to ask questions, especially in a subject they are not familiar with, because they dont want to appear stupid, strong word but you get my drift. )

    Sorry going on a bit here :confused:

    We quite often sit in on other instructors lessons, I use it give me an idea of what they are covering and to give me a hint on what to do with my next lesson when we cover the same theme, I use that to give the students some revision, at the beginning. then follow on from that. lesson structure is important, but not too ridged, as some topics can take more or less time (I dont know if you are the only instructor or not, but I have found that less experienced instructors, write a long list of things they want to cover, but rarely do they get through it).

    Students need to feel that they are improving, even if its only "baby steps" but others are taking "giant steps" continuously suggesting to them that TKD is not a race, not to compare themselves to others all the time. We all do it to a lesser or greater extent, and for some its a hard habit to stop.

    Confidence or lack of (If I have the "perceived success" right) Going to need a few cups of tea to think about that one.

    Using the lesson structure I think helps to balance those two extremes, (a little like putting the brakes on the more confident , and encouraging the others to go a little faster). Personally I find the over confident ones harder to teach, as they find it hard to see that they are actually doing something wrong (a certain member here) whist the others, dont think they are doing well, but in fact they are progressing better, and are more open to direction. I hope that makes sense..

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