Tai Chi Y3D196: Teaching

Eighty push-ups.  I’ve started performing 20 push-up sets with my head pointed at each of the four directions in turn: east, south, west, north.  In between each set, I do a qi gong form or the tai chi form.

Yesterday, I had recess duty.  It was raining and I didn’t want to stand still, so I did the tai chi form. Within about 5 minutes, I had half a dozen kids following along with me.  It was scary, but also fun, how quickly it happened.  A lot of them would like to continue to learn.  It appears that I’ll be offering my students some sort of learning opportunity in the near future for tai chi.  It was fairly innocuous, all things considered.  They were following my movements, not particularly well; and I was not providing instruction, just going through my movements as I would if I were at home…

I’m not sure how I feel about this.  I’ve said before that I didn’t think I could or should teach tai chi.  But I may not have a choice in the particular instance.  We’ll see if I get bothered, the next time I have recess duty, or if this was a one-time thing because of outdoor recess in the rain.

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  1. And there it is! Ask and ye shall receive: Your cure for this round of Acedia (at least it sounds like that to me…)

    Care to comment on why you are choosing to change directions with your pushups? I am versed on various feng shui possibilities, but I am curious of YOUR reasons.

  2. Our T’ai Chi club goes public on Monday, when for the first time we have invited the public to join us and learn the inner and outer practice of T’ai Chi. We’ve been discussing for months how to approach this. But after giving two presentations to two different women’s groups this summer, and seeing their reaction of awe, we were greatly encouraged. We’re expecting mostly older middle-aged people, due to both the time of the lesson and the topic, and that will require something entirely different than what to teach little kids. How cool.

  3. Having the ability to teach, to present information and experiences in an engaging way, is very different ability than having the domain of knowledge of the topic.
    In my years performing and teaching theatrical improvisation, I’ve been asked to present topics or work in situations not in my domain of knowledge. Often, I would still present the info, with caveats. I found that I knew _just enough_ for the audience to learn or at least ‘get something’ from the experience.
    As teachers,like parents, I think we lead more with our behavior and attitude than with the ‘book knowledge’.
    You’re providing some excellent experiences for those students.

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