As you know, mom teaches karate. Most times, mom assists the teacher. She is cool with that. She is good at that. Well, last night Mom was the main teacher. Her teacher was not feeling well, and mom got to run the entire class. She was really nervous. She did okay. Some parts she did better than others. As far as first times go, though, she didn't suck pond water, so she feels okay.
Anyway, here are Thirteen Things to remember when you have to teach a class. All by yourself. For the very first time.
1) Be calm and BREATHE!
2) Short answers are best, unless it is a really good question and then you share the question and answer with the entire class.
4) Teach to the lowest denomination.
5) Be aware of time.
6) Repetition and motion over speeches.
7) Run the form with them, do not leave them on their own.
8) Teach them the pace of the form.
9) Use the correct terminology.
10) You cannot help one student and keep the others idle.
11) The ENTIRE class is your responsibility.
12) When you are done with the talk, if it sounded good, then shutting up is okay. You do not need to keep repeating yourself.
Phew. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Mom needs to remember these for the next time. So she thought maybe she could share with you. If any of you are teachers, she would love any advice you have to offer.