Newsletter #118 - June 2011
- From me to you, Paul Lam
- Introducing an Excellent Book with Elements on Effective Teaching, Paul Lam
- Teaching Tai Chi the Learners’ Way, Jim Starshak
- Tai Chi gives me a Second Chance of a Full Life, Myung Ja Park
- Teaching Tai Chi to Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s disease using Dr Lam’s Stepwise Method, Denise Murray
- Tai Chi in the Land of Oz, Mae Lovell
- Featured Profile – Patricia Lawson, Bob McBrien
- Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health, Bob McBrien
In this Newsletter:
Inspired by a book he has been reading, Dr Lam shares his insight into effective tai chi teaching.
Using three easy steps, Jim Starshak refreshes us on a simple method to eliminate learning barriers in your teaching and increase the number of students attending all your tai chi classes.
Remarkable 80 year old Myung Ja Park from Korea is experiencing a new lease of life and undergoing a second career with tai chi.
Denise Murray discusses the value in teaching tai chi to individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia using the Stepwise Method.
First learning tai chi while living in China, the Tai Chi for Health program has made it possible for Mae Lovell to share the benefits of tai chi in health care settings.
Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis
October 15 - October 16, St. Marys, GA , United States
October 20 - October 21, Knoxville TN, United States
October 22 - October 23, Knoxville TN, United States
October 29 - October 30, Walla Walla WA, United States
November 05 - November 06, Burlingame, CA, United States
Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor Training
Yours in Tai Chi,
Dr Paul Lam, Director of Tai Chi for Health Programs, Narwee, NSW, Australia
There is a wealth of knowledge and research to support that learners’ orientated teaching methods are much more effective. Over the last 12 years, I have worked with medical and tai chi experts to create simple, safe and effective tai chi programs for various populations and people with chronic conditions, based on traditional tai chi forms. We selected and simplified the movements which are beneficial for health and deleted the ones which are high risk to ensure its safety element. Together with many of my colleagues, we have refined our teaching and training methods, incorporating modern learning theories and research in our training. Learners are more likely to be motivated to practice, find enjoyment in tai chi, and quickly receiving its many health benefits.
How to learn the Tai Chi for Health programs
What is real Tai Chi
History of Tai Chi
Over the years I have found that when my learning style and the instructor’s teaching style do not mesh, my learning is impeded and the tai chi class is not fun. On the other hand, when our styles synchronize I am excited about learning and have fun in every class. Most tai chi instructors are used to teaching multi-level sessions where one person may step further or descend lower in a tai chi movement. Your challenge, however, is to go beyond these simple multi-level modifications and explore how to reach out and effectively teach to the varying learning styles in your classes.
Some instructors may have a difficult time with the Follow Me phase because they are not looking at the students and therefore cannot make corrections. Remember, you are now teaching the “Learners’ Way” and these initial repetitions are critical to allow your participants to actually learn rather than merely follow. You will have ample time for corrections later, but how you present those corrections is just as important as the corrections themself.
Myung Ja Park, Master Trainer of Tai Chi for Health, Seoul, Korea
Denise Murray, TCH instructor, Lake Orion, MI, USA
By Bob McBrien, Master Trainer, Salisbury, MD, USA
Perhaps the following "one-liners" will brighten your day:
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Warning: Dr. Lam does not necessarily endorse the opinion of other authors. Before practicing any program featured in this newsletter, please check with your physician or therapist. The authors and anyone involved in the production of this newsletter will not be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any injury which may arise as a result of following the instructions given in this newsletter.