Swing Analogies: A Student is like a Bad Juggler
A student is like a bad juggler…
A common mistake new teachers make is to forget what it is like to be a student learning a challenging dance movement.
“Leaders, this time, I want you to concentrate on keeping your hand low. And not throwing her out on the five. And anchoring back on that 7&8.”
Mentally speaking, almost all of us are beg/intermediate jugglers. We can only handle juggling a few concepts at once, until we get those concepts deep into “muscle memory.”* (Which takes a lot longer than a rotation in class).
So, if it’s a really important ball you want your students to add to their juggling, or at least a really complex one, just give them one to worry about. They’ll add it to their juggling a lot faster.
*–“Muscle Memory” is one of those terms that, though it makes some kind of sense, can be a little too misleading for my taste.
Muscles don’t have memory, obviously, and don’t do things on their own. it’s just a colorful way of saying Motor Learning. But, “Motor Learning” doesn’t have that visual and alliterative punch, you know?