Poor netsI think that is a very valid point. And where do the poor teachers come from and how did they get through the net? Or is there no net?

no, I think that's not the case at all. I think teaching has always been one of the highest level professions, but a huge amount has been learnt in the last twenty years or so that has changed we how perceive the learning process and how we teach students entirely.Am I right in thinking that the further back in time we go, the less professional the teaching was?

The video that 'Whitehart' mentioned above is a good example. Video is a widely used teaching tool and very powerful, but it will only help some students. Others will learn nothing from it. The hardest task is learning which student is which. This is because students learn in different ways. However, some students may learn exactly what is required just by doing. As a teacher you need to learn how to recognise which students are which.

As a teacher, I am assessing my students as much as I am teaching them. This is happening all through the semester. I spend more time preparing how to teach them than what I am teaching them. In an archery lesson you don't get much time to do this but you do get time to prepare. The very best coaches will know how to recognise these different learning styles, recognise them quickly, and have multiple lesson plans that will cover their students range of learning styles. The teacher will lean more about the student than the student knows about themselves.

So if your lesson plan is 3 minutes safety and straight into the shooting you may have ignored that some students that need/want much longer to feel safe and confident to stand on the line. As you begin to recognise each learning style you need to adapt your next lessons to take into account of those learning styles.

The next issue you have as a teacher is finding out which of your students understand what you are asking of them. It is probably the most difficult part of teaching and needs a level of skill to get the required feedback. You can show them a video but how do you know 1. That they have understood what they are looking at.

Finally, when you start a lesson the student needs to understand what it is they will be learning and what the learning outcomes may be. These will be different for each student and it is important that students know there will be different outcomes. So at the end of week 6 you may say to your students that '...at the end of this lesson some students will be able to explain and demonstrate the whole shot process, most will be able to explain and demonstrate 4 parts of the shot process, and all will be able to explain and demonstrate 2 parts of the shot process'.

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