P.I.E.S. – Teaching in 4D
Everyone likes PIES!
This is pretty much fact in my book.
Our staff here at Glens Falls Karate Academy are such huge fans that we take our PIES to the next level!
You’ve probably assumed by now that I’m not talking about the typical pies, like apple, pumpkin, etc …
So, what do we mean when we say “PIES”?
P – Physical
I – Intellectual
E – Emotional
S – Social
Our SKILLZ program’s continuing education materials allow our instructors to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions!
P – Physically
Instructors look for benchmark development in our Ninja SKILLZ program, like the ability to properly perform exercises with good technique beyond 10 reps! At 5 to 7 years old, this would be considered being above their stage of development!
I – Intellectually
With the average Ninja SKILLZ Beginner being able to retain 3 commands in total, we know that if they struggle at the advanced level to perform the appropriate portion of their form, we need to target our instruction to help increase their ability to retain information.
E – Emotionally
We have the understanding that a Ninja SKILLZ student may need to be reminded of the rules more than once. So instead of being hard on them, we will instead choose an alternate technique to nurture their Emotional stage of development.
S – Socially
Sometimes a Ninja SKILLZ student will also become very upset when they lose a game or even become overly excited when they win. The instructors know that the next goal for them would be to show great TEAMWORK in competitive situations.
What does all of this mean?
This means that from the beginning of the class until the very end, our instructors are constantly evaluating their delivery of the instruction, as well as, their method of delivery and its effectiveness!
Sometimes we receive questions in regards to why or why not certain behaviors were not addressed or why more instruction wasn’t given to a student. Often, the reason the staff did not do this may have been:
- The mentioned level of instruction was above the student’s Stage of Development
- There were more factors that were contributing to the behavior and a different route of instruction would produce faster results from our experience
- The level of performance demonstrated was appropriate for the purpose of the drill
Every student is at a unique point in each four of the aforementioned stages of development. This is what helps drive their individuality and our Instructors work to nurture each student in a specific manner to help them learn and grow with the goal of becoming better versions of themselves!
Parents always want the best for their children, and will always be passionate about their progress and performance. This is why our parents are so awesome! It is important that when parents coach their children at home, between drills or while on the mat, that we all share the same vision. A student that receives two (or more) different methods of instruction can quickly become demotivated because it is too hard for them to live up to both expectations. For this reason, communication between parents and instructors is key when /if the parents have any concerns.
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