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Old 01-28-2005, 06:40 AM   #3
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Re: Article: Shoshin by Lynn Seiser

Interesting.

When I first started teaching I found it highly annoying if others with previous experience came to 'my' mat and did their own stuff.

as my experience grows I am now far more tolerant...Instead of a rigid plan I see the lesson as more of a framework for a development process and encourage those with other experiences to work by adding the lesson to what they already know instead of replacing it.

I prefer them to at least give my ideas a good go before reverting to what they already have ...but find I am developing a following of experienced students who also bring something to the party.

While usually I am the sensei ...and in charge, I hope they are not repressed from sharing their own ideas with the class as long as it remains aligned to the general lesson.

Hopefully they feel that their experience is recognised and respected.

Just my thoughts....

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