You know something that I just realized? I’ve been assisting in Tae Kwon Do classes long enough that the students who will test for their black belts this fall were white belts when I started. One student in particular, I remember as a low belt; reflecting on his progress reminds me of how much things change in the years.
After so many years of helping, I’ve become fairly comfortable with assisting most students. In general, I know how to scale my responses for various type of personalities and levels of training. I can handle most levels of students.
Now, however, I am shifting my focus to the outliers – those few who I still struggle to reach.
My goal is more broad than just to reach these few students; I hope that, in learning to work with these individuals, I can broaden my range of effectiveness. I want to reach ALL the students!
So far, I make more mistakes than anything else. This student gets more upset when I try to encourage him, that student starts goofing off more when I try to get him to focus. I worry sometimes that the head instructor will get upset with me, as sometimes I make the situation worse. But I’m doing my best in creating new tactics to put in my teaching toolbox.
In other news, I jump into the education program at college in 2 weeks! I’m so excited! And a little bit nervous, but that’s okay. I am not certain how much I will update this blog, once I get started. I have a feeling that I am going to be very busy.