Time to Get Back on that Horse

It’s that time of year again folks.

Dance is starting up tonight.

Not that I’m dancing. Not this semester. But I am still teaching.

I have hopes. I have goals for my students. I’m sure they have goals too. I can’t wait to hear them.

I am especially excited about my intermediate class. There’s a bunch of new students in there, along with two of the most senior dancers in the studio. I am very excited for the improvement I’m going to see in them.

I am, of course, sad and quite a bit discouraged that I can’t dance this semester but I think God is giving me a chance to focus on my teaching and directing skills.

I’ll be directing our spring show, which I’m excited about. I’ve never directed without being in half the show myself.

Here’s to a great semester and a new focus.

 

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Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Organization

Planning is good.

I have, today, decided to actually do some planning for my dance classes. My mom had the fantastic idea to put my combinations on notecards in a little notecard box, separated into the different types of steps by the little dividers.

What’s awesome about this is that I can write down all the combinations, every week, and eventually and I can just pull out notecards to plan my class.

If you teach anything like dance or martial arts or anything, this is a great idea. If it’s dance, you can even write the song you used on the notecard, which is what I’m going to do.

Looking forward to today’s well-planned class. 🙂

Any dancers following me? Comment if you’d like me to make a post with some of my favorite combinations.

Being “More Like Jesus”

My mother has good ideas. She decided we ought to start a Bible study on what being “like Jesus” really is. And I am going to blog about it.

Apparently, I don’t act like Jesus one bit, according to some of my readers. I would like to prove to the blogging society and the rest of my readers that this matters to me and I am honestly trying very hard to act like Jesus did.

We started out with Jesus’ first independent act; when he was in the temple when he was 12. This is found in Luke 2:41-52 and Luke was the only gospel to record it.

I’m not going to write it all out because I want you to read it. If you don’t have a Bible, it can be found online.

I drew a few things from this passage. The first thing was that Jesus  listened first and asked questions second. Even though he was God himself, he respected the rabbi’s enough to listen to their teaching and then had a discussion with them.

Another thing is that he went in with a certain level of understanding first. He didn’t talk to any rabbi until he understood what he was talking about.

I try to do that in my blog. I don’t post about anything that I haven’t read into and feel ready for a discussion on.

One other thing that I picked out was that God came before even His family. His parents were all worried about him, and Jesus was just like “I’m where I’m supposed to be. With my Father.”

So that’s what I’ve covered so far. Opinions? Comments? Stay tuned for more.

Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Teaching

I adore teaching. It’s fun, it’s rewarding, it makes me happy.

It’s also hard, frustrating and, at times, depressing.

Oh, but how can it be both?! ***Confusion***

Here’s how; children.

Okay, so I teach both taekwan-do and ballet. At TKD I help with an after-school program as well as teach evening classes.

The after-school program consists of around 40 public schooled children. A handful of them are really wonderful kids. A different handful are really difficult.

At ballet I teach intermediate class, and an after-school 8-12 class. Same deal there.

So how do you teach a diverse group of people?

1: Find out how different people learn. With some kids, you talk to them and they get it. Others, you have to physically position and they remember what it feels like. Sometimes you have to yell, other times it’s the worst possible thing you can do. You have to memorize which way the kids learn best.

2: Patience, grasshopper. Kids don’t like to listen. This is a law of nature. They will blatantly disregard everything you say if they feel like it that day. It’s beyond frustrating at times. But if you blow up, kids cry, kids complain to parents, parents blow up. So careful there.

3: Set a good example. The kids that actually like you, will look up to you. Watch what you say, watch how you act. It will have an impact on their lives.

4: Choose to see the progress. You can’t be negative as a teacher. Your students will be miserable, you’ll be miserable, the parents will be unhappy, and that’s no way to live.

Teaching is hard guys. But it’s so awesome. It’s definitely not for everyone, however.

Any teachers out there want to add onto this? Any parents with questions or comments? I’m desperate for conversation. Comment below!