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Zoe S Toth
09-05-2014, 09:51 AM
Hey Folks,

So I am on my second year of teaching classes by myself at a college club. Last year, I think I got lucky and got an easily excitable group. This year, I feel the new students think of me more as a math professor. I get serious looks and can't quite get the class energy up. I know the group can be reached as our dojo cho sometimes needs me to start a class (due to work obligations) and comes in at the 30 minute mark. For the next 1.5 hours, the energy really picks up.

Any thoughts on how to get young students more motivated?


09-05-2014, 10:35 AM
Any thoughts on how to get young students more motivated?


challenge them to see if they can text and do aikido at the same time. :)

09-05-2014, 11:56 AM
Interesting. What's the dojo cho doing different? Can you see anything at all?

How much continuity is there in the club? I know that turnover is a huge problem in college programs.

03-09-2015, 10:09 AM
If this is a for-credit class then make participation a requirement for grading.

If it is not, make it fun and challenge them !!!

Bring one uke with you from the dojo now and then who can demonstrate with you.

03-09-2015, 01:20 PM
Many college students don't have the patience with anything that they can't master in a semester (or at least, tell themselves that they're doing so). I agree with bringing along an uke to show them where they can get if they learn patience.

Susan Dalton
03-09-2015, 08:11 PM
I've been teaching college students in aikido classes at my community college for 10 years. For a while, I brought my own uke from outside, but schedules changed and that plan hasn't worked. We run the beginner and "advanced" (more than one semester of experience) classes together, so I always have ukes. I find my college students are just as engaged and involved as students in the dojo. Sometimes I have to be careful about my phrasing or I might hear a "That's what she said..." and giggles from the back of the mat, something that would NEVER happen in the dojo. Other than that, I don't see a huge difference.

03-15-2015, 02:16 PM
I was going to ask RE the O/P.... are they laughing at all? Laughter seems to get energy up, does at my school.