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Staff Development

A Checklist for Teaching Young Children

By Dave Kovar


A while ago, I wrote a blog post about Working with Young Children, and I recommend you check it out if you have not yet read it.  The following is a checklist you and your instructors can use to grade your performance when teaching young children. Give it a try after your next class:

  • I understand the difference between fun and being funny. And I made class fun.

  • I was excited that the kids followed along and I was not overly picky about good form.

  • I had an older, more experienced student demonstrate the moves.

  • I disguised repetition by changing the drills often.

  • I praised my student's effort, encouraged participation, and celebrated their victories.

  • I was in awe of each child and made a big deal over the effort they gave, regardless of how they did.

  • I reminded my students that they win whenever they give it their all and do their best.

  • I helped each student to set goals and I gave them constant feedback.

Interested in more staff training resources? You can check out our online instructor training program here, or pick up a copy of the Martial Arts Instructor Toolbox Book here.

by Dave Kovar