“mini yogis minute” tip of the week
If you are a new teacher (or even a seasoned teacher trying out a new idea), I always recommend testing out your lesson plans before bringing them into a class to teach.
Testing a lesson means running through the entire lesson either with "test kids" (your own are great if you happen to have any lying around!) or even out loud to the air.
Why out loud? Because a lot of our ideas seem really clear and wonderful in our heads but once we go to explain them, we find that articulating our ideas can be much more complicated than just thinking them.
If you are working with test kids, it is ideal if they are in the same basic age group as your students so you can get a read on what works and doesn't work well. Children at different developmental levels have different capacities for understanding instructions and translating them into movements.
Keep in mind, for example, that young children may have very short attention spans per activity. It would not be odd for you to plan ten activities, expecting them to easily last an hour, and then find that the kids can only last a couple of minutes per activity and you are stuck with a half hour or more of extra time to fill. Very good information to know before you go to teach a class, painful information to find out mid-lesson!
If you are lucky enough to have test kids (and kids who are the "wrong" age group are way better than nothing...take what you can get!), pay a lot of attention to their reactions. It's the best way to figure out which of your activities are winners and which are duds. And pay attention to their tangents, too. Sometimes your best ideas will come directly from your kids. After all, no one knows better than they do what they enjoy!
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