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METHODS OF TEACHING/DELIVERING
Motor learning usually involves learning a series of complicated motor tasks which all need to be well orchestrated and have sense of function and purpose. Motor tasks that you are presenting to your audience are defined by given instructions. There are several possible methods to communicate speed, form and movement patterns to your clients. Some work in some situations while some work in others.
When presenting a Freestyler class all of the methods need to be incorporated in order to make class execution exact and clear. Basic methods of presenting movement to your clients are:
The Analytic method consists of teaching the whole movement one part at a time. The movement is broken down into parts, and then each of these parts is taught separately so that it can be synthesized into a meaningful whole in the end. This method is widely used when teaching complex movements. In Freestyler choreographies it is used between choreographies when we want to "sketch” the movement patterns to our clients before the next choreography. Usually the Freestyler group workout choreographies consist of 3 to 5 different movement patterns.
The Synthetic method is the most widely used method, especially when teaching simple and safe movements. Synthetic means that the whole movement is taught at once, in a continual flow. This is the way the choreographies are presented in any Freestyler group workout program. Programs need to be presented as a whole, otherwise learning of movements would take too long for the clients to comprehend and absorb the routine. When a movement is presented as a whole, clients get the picture of how a movement looks in general. Both mentioned methods for presenting movement have some advantages and some setbacks. They work best together.
The Combined method is a combination of the analytic and the synthetic method. The Synthetic method is the primary way of teaching in this combination while the analytic method is meant for step-by-step presentation of movement and to correct errors in execution that might occur during class. Presentation of the Freestyler programs is done using this method in combination with the ideomotoric approach.
IDEOMOTORIC APPROACH OR VISUALIZATION METHOD
The great advantage of visualization is that by merely imagining the action, the same neuron firing occurs as if we had actually performed the act. It also gives an instructor a supreme methodical tool for enhancing technique of those who attend one of three group workout classes.
The visualzsation method is a well known and approved method for enhancing human motor skills. In a situation where we teach new movements, the best possible approach is a combination of mental imagery with physical repetitions of movement.
Visualization is exploited in terms of better motor control and it has some distinct applications:
- "sketching” the whole routine
- awareness of movement sequences
- improvement of physical execution.
Specific visualizations are outlined in the choreography notes added with every release of the Freestyler workout programs.
The basic foundation of all the above stated methods is the principle of repetition. We must distinguish between mental understanding of movement and physical awareness of movement. Most of the people working out understand the structure of movement very quickly but the problems start in performance of exercises. Therefore it is important to realize that movement is understood only when the body understands it. The expression ‘body mind’ best encompasses what we should aim at when learning a choreography.
The body mind is the part of the mind eventually responsible for a successful performance of movement. First the movement must be properly understood and then physically internalized with repetition. Many times we notice a problem of too many information that the instructor conveys which can potentially confuse the clients because they cannot perceive all at once. Therefore the instructor must follow his/her inner feeling in dosing the quantity of information and finding the correct moment for conveying certain information having in mind the rule: Everything at its time.