This is something I always wanted to do and finally for two awesome
days we moved and juggled. Unlike working with kids, teachers actually
pay attention, and follow instructions; and that was essential given
the class size of 25.
Teaching this class posed the extraordinary challenge of teaching a wide
range of skills to people who not only needed to learn the skills but
also teach the skills to a wide range of students. To respond to this
challenge I broke the class into approximately one hour segments. Each
segment started with the same warm ups that grew progressively more complex
with each new segment.
The same approach was used to teach the skills. Each segment started
very elementary and slowly built on complexity until everyone's potential
was met. The basic skills were repeated at least twice a day -- scarves,
balls, rings, sticks.
It's like the saying goes - "Learn by Teaching."
2007 great ideas were suggested:
For all props:
* Break the class into groups.
Have different stations for each group to
This will allow for
more people to try out a limited
number of juggling props.
* Spend time getting ready to juggle -
breath, stretch, relax and visualize
before you actually try to juggle.
* Get a copy of catalogs and make recomendations
about props for this
* For small children
have them draw shapes, numbers, and the alphabet.
* For all ages
incorporate music and dance
There were many other great ideas and I will post them as I remember
them. Hopefully the papers will remind me of them. Speaking of papers...
I have begun to grade the papers and have learned some new things,
but they will have to wait until later because I am going to bed now.
How juggling meets NASPE
I juggle and recomend it so highly to everyone
and Movement for Teachers