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Old 09-05-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
Zoe S Toth
Dojo: Seidokan Aikido of South Carolina
Location: Columbia, SC
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 38
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, 10:35 AM   #2
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,847
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, 11:56 AM   #3
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
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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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