Hey guys! So I'm wondering what your pace is when you teach new moves? I'm getting ready to teach a new session in the fall. In the Spring I taught my first classes, and one of the most difficult things for me was how much time to dedicate to each "trick". I realized that I was moving much too quickly for fear that my students would get bored, giving away all my secrets in just one lesson but without anyone having learned much. I don't want to move too slowly either though. How many new things do you normally cover in a class? Thanks!!
I personally teach stuff on a person by person basis. I found that I can't teach an entire class at once. After warming up I make my way around the room and help each person individually, or maybe two or three people at a time if they are at a similar skill level. That way I give each person one or two things to work on, keep going around the class, and when I get back to them again they've had a bit of time to work on the new moves and ask any questions they might have. That's just how I do it :)
Each class' make-up requires a little bit of adjustment. It can often feel like you need to keep the pace moving quickly but your students probably wouldn't mind a little more time to practice the move that you just taught them. Or request that they try the move in their non-dominant direction or with their non-dominant hand. Also, don't be afraid to repeat a trick that you taught earlier so that they have the chance to experience some body memory that will allow them to 'get' the move that they didn't 'get' earlier in the class. I try to introduce 2-3 new moves or variations max to a class. They generally like to improve on moves they learned previously. Good Luck