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Old 09-05-2014, 08:51 AM   #1
Zoe S Toth
Dojo: Seidokan Aikido of South Carolina
Location: Columbia, SC
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 40
Teaching College Students

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?

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Old 09-05-2014, 09:35 AM   #2
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,944
Re: Teaching College Students

Zoe Toth wrote: View Post
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.

"budo is putting on cold, wet, sweat stained gi with a smile and a snarl" - your truly
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:56 AM   #3
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,202
Re: Teaching College Students

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.
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:09 AM   #4
Dojo: Aikido in Fredericksburg
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 106
Re: Teaching College Students

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.

Peace, Aviv Goldsmith
Aikido in Fredericksburg
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Old 03-09-2015, 12:20 PM   #5
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,202
Re: Teaching College Students

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.
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Old 03-09-2015, 07:11 PM   #6
Susan Dalton
Dojo: Greensboro Kodokan
Location: Greensboro
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 346
Re: Teaching College Students

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.
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Old 03-15-2015, 01:16 PM   #7
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Dojo: Wasabi Dojo
Location: Houston, TX
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 291
Re: Teaching College Students

I was going to ask RE the O/P.... are they laughing at all? Laughter seems to get energy up, does at my school.

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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