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Not sure if your students are really grasping all the things that you teach to them? How about having a student-teacher day, where your students actually become the teachers?
From the start to the end of the practice, you can have each child take turns teaching a segment of the class. You can either suggest/assign topics, or have them each teach the topic of their choice.
Kids love being in control…it’s an experience they don’t get that often! So when you hand over the reigns, they will happily take them and run.
Of course, in order to teach anything, a teacher must first know the material. Having the children teach you and the other children the yoga really forces them to think about what they are teaching and how to explain it. The very process of articulating a thought can be very educational in and of itself.
When you have children teaching, it is your role to not only play the part of student, but also to guide them along and make sure they stay on track. Feel free to interject suggestions if you think that they are stuck. And remind them that they need to give detailed descriptions of how to do the poses, rather than just saying to do the poses. For example, instead of saying “Do Warrior Two,” they would say “To do Warrior Two, put your front foot forward, your back foot sideways, arms out to the sides, etc.”
As teachers, we all know how much we learn from teaching. The same applies to your students. Let them be free, take charge, teach, and, by all means, learn, all at the same time.
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