Teaching swim lessons is probably one of my favorite aspects of the summer, I am inspired to use my creativity to keep my students attentive, and there's no stress, only smiles and giggles. But, something I hear quite often is, "when am I getting tested?" or "Did this person already pass up? Why haven't I passed up yet?" So many students are morre focused on zipping through the levels to receive a silly sticker, they aren't slowing down enough to enjoy swimming. There's a reason why I love it, and a reason why every other swimmer loves it, but as those students rush through levels, they don't realize the meaning of swim lessons. They aren't simply there to keep children safe in the water, they encourage swimmers to feel comfortable, and have fun.Additionally, if they're aised to focus only on the tests in swim lessons, they'll only be focused on the exams in school, which is what I didn't want. Eventually, too many kids asked me about being "tested," so I kindly instructed them not to worry about the tests, and took them around the pool on an adventure, where we fought monsters, and met Mr. Wonka in his chocolate factories. When I looked over at my students, they were laughing, giggling, and having a blast, so I pulled them aside and shared with them that the test won't be important to them ten years down the road, but the fun they had will, and with that it all seemed to click. Swim lessons are fun, there's no pressure, it's just the giggles and laughs, and that's one of the most valuable lessons Ive ever taught: how to have fun.
The Map of the Learning World
Along with me as your tour guide, you'll also find I've added my daily journal entries, or blogs, to help guide you through the learning world. Feel free to check them out!