Kennedy’s First Karate Kubs Class
It has been a very exciting and nerve racking experience to step into the new role of the Karate Kubs instructor. I have been brainstorming and lesson planning over the past few weeks. I am also growing more and more nervous each day leading up to the start date of the Karate Kubs Program. When the time came for my first class to start I soon realized that class was probably going to be completely different than what I had initially planned. I could describe teaching my first class as being on the inside of a-really cute-tornado. By the end of class, I think my head was spinning at about 100 mph. For our first class together I focused on teaching my Kubs the template of how class would run and behavioral skills such as listening and lining up. I used games and activities that allowed them to get to know one another and feel more comfortable in this new setting.
I learned SO much in a matter of only 30 minutes. My students are so tiny and cute, all with unique personalities. I realized that what works really well for one student could make another student feel stressed out. Sometimes things don’t go how you expect them to, and you have to think on your feet and be flexible. I found that 3-year old attention span lasts about 30 seconds and they are only interested in having fun.
Overall my first class was a success, and a huge learning experience. I can’t wait to see what this afternoon will bring.