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Lecture Notes: Coaching to the Learning Styles

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Coaching to the Learning Styles

Beth Gardner

Heart of Texas Gymnastics

In his book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intellignences, Dr. Howard Gardner addresses the different ways we learn as individuals.  Each of us learns in various ways, with a blending of learning styles, but we are each prone to learning best when given specific cues that suit our individual brain patterns.

In this session we will discuss the various learning styles and how to effectively use them to better coach our classes.  From creating lesson plans to interacting with the children in groups or individually, the use of cues, which address the various learning styles, make classes far more effective.  We will address seven learning styles, how to use them to our advantage and how to identify to which cues a child might best respond.

Gender Differences   When working with classes heavily weighted with one gender or the other, it is helpful to give cues that are most likely to reach the greatest number of students within that class. 

Age Considerations                       

Understanding the Seven Learning Styles:

Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings:  The Kinesthetic Learning Style

Do You Hear Me Now?:  The Auditory Learning Style

Monkey See, Monkey Do:  The Visual Spatial Learner

Easy as 1,2,3:  The Logical Mathematical Learning Style

You’ve Got a Friend: The Interpersonal Learning Style

Get Outta my Space, I’m Intrapersonal

Nanny Nanny Boo-Boo and the Musical Learner

Hints for Identifying Learning Styles   The observant teacher can pick up hints from each child as to which learning style suits him or her best.  We will talk about simple clues to watch for in order to better communicate with each child.

The Pitfalls of Our Own Learning Styles  Not only do we need to be alert to our students’ learning styles, but we also need to be careful that we do not make assumptions based upon our own learning styles.

Incorporating the Learning Styles into Lesson Plans   Once a lesson plan is developed, it is a good idea to review each rotation and consider if cues for each learning style have been incorporated into the lesson plan.

Session Handout: Preschool Safety

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Preschool Safety

Beth Gardner, Heart of Texas Gymnastics

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Preschool children present their own set of criteria within the gym environment.  The differences do not stop at those skills which  we teach preschoolers and how we teach them.  Rather, they include the safety issues of which we should be aware.

Safety warnings

       verbal not written

       repeated often

       Safety games              

Safety in stretches

      Three purposes to a good warm-up. 

      Hold times     

     Ballistic vs. Dynamic     

     Keeping the spine straight and eliminating unnecessary torque     

     Knees / Splits

Class Management

      Class Ratios

      Field of Vision

      Obstacle course layout

      Diminishing Distractions 

      Consistent Cues          

Parental Education

      Articles and Safety Information

      Keeping the Parents Engaged in Parent/Tot Classes

      Safe Spotting

      Passive Heimlich

Bars Safety

     Industry Standards

     Small Hands


     Age for hanging unsupported

     Skin the Cat    

 Beam Safety

      Industry Standards

      Nursemaid’s Elbow

      Floor beams vs High beam

Trampoline Safety

     Double bouncing

     One child per tramp

     Nursemaid’s Elbow           

The Never-ending Debate: bridges

       Spondolysis  /   Spondylolisthesis 

      Physiology of the Preschooler


      Lack of flexibility within the shoulders

      Alternative stretches

Special Needs

            Down’s Syndrome / cervical neck x-ray

            Safety rules apply to special needs kids too

            Floater coaches