Hi! I instruct a group exercise leadership course at a technical college. The course curriculum does include book/lecture components but I am looking to amp up the class this semester and incorporate more practical hands on assignments/activities. Thinking back to when you first started teaching, what do you feel would be a helpful activity to help better prepare you to instruct a class? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
To piggy-back off Christine, I would again emphasize anything to help add in safety. Other points I would focus on if I were in your shoes:
-How to keep all levels comfortable? Being able to talk and explain AND do the exercises all at once is a challenging combo, but the more practice people can get in their course, the easier it will become!
-Keeping class interesting? How music affects the mood. (I have some classes who only want hard rock, others who only want pop!) How the instructor being ‘on’ for every moment is so crucial. If we don’t give a vibe of loving our job, how will they love the class? (This doesn’t mean we need to be all smiles the whole time, but a passion for what we are doing is important!)
-And again, safety. When I take other instructors’ classes, I am scared how often the instructor is not talking about form nor fixing an individual who is incorrectly doing an exercise.
Best of luck!!