Last week I went to a Gymnastics class for the first time in a long time. A really long time. The last time I walked on a beam, twirled around the uneven bars, or did a somersault or cartwheel was when I was in primary school. And I found myself back at Gymnastics, super excited and a little nervous, all at the same time. I’m a big fan of learning something new every day and here was my opportunity to do just that: to get outside my comfort zone and try something new.
As I waited for the class to start (see my pic above) I felt excited to reconnect with something I used to love doing but I also felt slightly uncomfortable. Yes, I was aware that I was definitely outside my comfort zone.
As I reflect on what was an amazing gymnastics class, I have realized just how important it is for us to do things outside our comfort zone, to try something new, to be a learner and be curious about the world around us.
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Here’s what I learned from a trip outside my comfort zone:
- Being a learner improves your teaching
Application: Intentionally do something that makes you feel slightly uncomfortable.
- It’s the teacher’s responsibility to build rapport.
Application: Build rapport with your students before the class even starts.
- Building student-to-student relationships catapults learning
Application: Help your students to build relationships with each other.
- Excellent teachers stretch their students, a little bit at a time.
Application: Know where your students are at, and take them that little bit further, on a regular basis.
- Encouragement AND feedback go together.
Application: Be specific in your encouragement AND constructive in your feedback.
- Post: How To Learn Something New Every Day
- Podcast: Curiosity
- Complimentary Resource: 100 Ways To Praise A Child
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