KIDS CLASS ORGANIZATION: RULE #3 PERSISTENTLY COMMUNICATE

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KIDS CLASS ORGANIZATION: RULE #3 PERSISTENTLY COMMUNICATE

By: Coach Ray Sanchez

An old rule of radio goes like this: “Tell them what you’re gonna tell them. Tell them. Then tell them what you told them.”

When the class knows what is going to happen for the full hour, you keep command of the time. When they sense a lack of structure, children tend to try to dictate the activities by “provide ideas” or having tangent discussions.

Keep an order of activities. Set a time limit for each segment.

When a group of children becomes acclimated to a consistent schedule, transitions are quicker and easier. Kids tend to jump up, help clean up and get in their spots for the next activity. Unruly behavior is not tolerated by the rest of the group, because that behavior represents a delay to starting the next fun activity.

When a group of children operates on a reliable schedule, leaders can then emerge among the children who help orient new students, and they may also challenge slower students to do better within the “system” that Coach has set up.

When children have a set schedule, many questions fall by the wayside. They become more patient. In fact, they could easily guide a substitute coach through phases a class (not that they should!). A Coach can help focus students with phrases such as
• “You know it’s not time for the game yet.”
• “We are in our Warm Up right now, so please remind me to discuss that during Break.”
• “Lil Beasts, when is our Game?” All: “After the WOD!”

I recommend persistently challenging the kids to take ownership of the schedule. What is really happening is that you are promising to keep a consistent, predictable order to class.

Predictability then opens the door for “Special” and “Surprise” deviations in the schedule, which can be very effective motivational, reward and attention-grabbing tools. We’ll discuss those next time.

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