In Part 1, we discussed the four different categories that differentiate your riders. Below are seven tips to get you thinking about teaching to a mixed class. Note that these techniques will be especially relevant to teaching to your group of mixed-ability riders who have just returned following the quarantine.
- Call to all, yet teach to each
This simple technique often elicits a group response, but leaves each rider feeling personally addressed. It involves asking probing questions that do not seek answers but rather responses. Each rider may hear the question differently, depending on their experience, goals, and current challenges. Some examples of a probing question might be:
Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities in One Class, Part 1: Three Categories of Riders
Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities in One Class, Part 2: Seven Tips to Teaching to a Mixed Class
Cory you nailed it with this article. Allowing flexibility within each riders ability and still pushing them to achieve their own expectations. As an instructor I have participated in classes where transitions between efforts are jerky and inconsistent instead of smooth. Recognizing the various levels in our classes, getting to know your riders is key to establishing trust and confidence.