Rehearsal ...

re·hears·al:A practice or trial performance 

On the mat, we call rehearsal 'drilling'. Drilling is one of the MOST important things we can do in training - yet today, many people fail to 'drill' (what they have just learned) before they attempt to use it in 'live' situations. if we 'pressure test' before we have 'taken some level of ownership' - we are setting ourselves up for failure. Setting students up to fail - may be one of the worst things a teacher can do. A good teacher sets his or students up for success!

Off topic here: my 13 year old son is coming home with homework that he doesn't know how to do - this is stressing him out (stress at 13 years of age???) So I write in big red letters on his homework page 'QUESTIONS FOR THE TEACHER' - wherein we ask the teacher to show him how to solve a certain problem ... the next day, when he points out the QUESTION  for the teacher - he is immediately told - 'Oh, you don't need to do that - don't worry about it!' - Which is Code for - the TEACHER DOESN'T know how to do it either! This is outrageous - disgusting in fact! This teacher has set the student up for failure! There was almost no way - not to fail! This is not teaching.

Back to the point at hand - we need to drill - we need to rehearse - BEFORE we pressure-test. And this goes for life off the mat as well. More drilling equals a better level of ownership. We need to own the skill - at least to the point where we have a more than likely chance of bringing it to bear in a live situation. 

Rehearsal ...



Korbett said…
John I hope Felix's teacher reads your blog....outstanding!!!!

Hope you got a chance to look at the talent code.

Anonymous said…
In the teacher's defense (knowing that I have no contextual understanding):
I agree with you that this is bad practice and that students must experience success, however there are multiple situations that can lead to a teacher handing out inappropriate homework. Many of these situations involve elements outside the teachers influence. Jumping to the conclusion that a teacher doesn't understand the material is a bit absurd and slightly disrespectful to someone that spends 40+ hours a week trying to help children achieve, often in environments that are not conducive to success.

P.S. I'm just trying to offer a perspective from the other side of this conflict and actually have a lot of empathy for your experience.
JBW said…
Thanks for your comments - much appreciated. But in this case - the teacher definitely did not know how to solve the problem that she had set for the children. Yikes. JBW

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