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I have found these keys to work for me in the kitchen, at the craft table and around the house.
- Have time set aside for training – being rushed, or only half attentive isn’t fair to the child, or the training process. I must know that training takes time and make it a priority.
- Remember what it is like learning a new skill myself – this helps me be gracious
- Know what I want them to achieve in this session – many things are best broken down to small bites, teaching one bite at a time
- Just because it went well, don’t push on. End on a happy note, there is always another day
- Give instructions slowly, and wait till they report back before the next instruction. One instruction at a time.
- Keep my hands busy – if my hands aren’t occupied with my own task or project it is easy to take over. They need to be shown and given the opportunity to try and do it themselves. Having my own project happening means I can show them on mine and then they work on theirs.
As I am mindful of these ideas I have learnt to be a better instructor. What has helped you?