|I’ve started teaching my Children’s Muay Thai Kickboxing classes. I have to admit that I did not develop an outline for what I wanted to tackle in the 10-week course. I have some general ideas about the basic things I want to teach, but since I’ve never taught children before, I want to stay kind of fluid with the goals pertaining to techniques.|
The thing I have been focused on though, is that I want these kids leaving each class with at least a little more confidence in themselves then they arrived with. I’m resolved that every child absolutely has to taste success in each class, so they have something positive to walk away with. The other thing I want to sear into their minds is the idea that there is no room for bullies or bullying in their world.
To that end, I’ve designated the last 5 minutes of each class to role-playing. I say something a little cuckoo to each kid, with the idea that they figure out language to get me to stop. For instance, I’ll say, “Hey Roan, I hear that your dad eats pancakes with broccoli!” And he’ll address me by name with the response, “Jodi, I don’t like how that sounds.” Then he walks away. This went over well in the first class, with even some of the shy girls being able to speak up. I know this is so intimidating for some of them – to have to speak up. But I’m convinced that if they get this one-two combination of success in physical challenges combined with learning language and faith in their own ability to speak up, I will have an entire classroom of very confident students.
And I am asking you for your ideas. When thinking about kids who get bullied, and kids who do the bullying, what approaches seem effective? What have you used that worked, and what have you tried that didn’t work so well? Bring it in the comments!