Planning Classes in Advance

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    Anonymous

    Hey guys!Question for you!  When you teach classes on a regular basis, do you plan them several weeks in advance?  Or just week by week?  I find it easier to plan for the Level 1 and 2 but I find it challenging to pre plan for a Level 3 or performance/troupe class.Any suggestions?Thanks!Amy

    #99100

    Anonymous

    Hi AmyVeronica,I do plan ahead, which is made much simpler by the fabulous gals at FCBD®.  For level 1 and 2, I typically follow their format.  For level 3/troupe, I usually don't think about it until my long commute home and then I formulate some idea in the back of my head and am open to modifying if that's what seems to be happening.  We did dueling duets this week.  Sometimes we're practicing a performance set, cafe style, sometimes we just put on a set and dance.I do like to have something planned ahead of time, even if we abandoned that plan.  I think our students/troupemates really look to us for guidance.

    #99101

    Anonymous

    Thanks Leslie!And oh!  Dueling duets!  That's something else we have to work on!

    #99102

    Anonymous

    I definitely plan classes in advance.  I teach at a college in my other life, so lesson planning is an important element to me.  I also can tell when I'm in a dance class where there is a lesson plan – it feels solid and strong.  I teach at Parks & Recreation, so students sign up for a course with several sessions, anywhere from 4 to 14 weeks.  I have newbies in beginning all the time and I stick to the FCBD format, adding in weeks beyond the Beginning 6-week depending on the length of my course.  My intermediates, however, have been with me for a while, so i'm always having to come up with things for them.  I invented a shimmy drill a few weeks ago just to keep them on their toes, and we do a lot of little exercises and drills amid introducing and refining steps.  So yes, plan-plan-plan makes for a great teaching and learning experience.

    #99103

    Anonymous

    I plan in advance but stay flexible for what the class seems to need at that time.  For example, if I have 3 moves planned, but the class is having a hard time with them, then I might will limit my instruction to 2 moves. I also may vary according to energy of participants, mood, and skill level. 

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