"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…"
"This is an excellent thread with such great information. I haven't taught a ton of seniors yet, but my mom, who is 65, is starting a Grandma Hooping group in her local area, and I look forward to passing on all of this info to her. Thanks…"
"yay Wendy! They'll so enjoy it, and I hope you'll have many more seniors classes to come! you'll learn what works best for them as you go, and they'll give you honest and encouraging feedback. yay for senior hoopers!"
"I had my class and the advice about the chairs and the lightweight hoops were great. We did 1/3 of class in chairs with arm hooping and coordination, did 1/3 with waist hooping and reversals, then used the wall to do stretches and…"
"The advice I'd have to give, which would be pretty similar to Jenny's comments, is that for arm hooping you must make sure the hoop is lightweight. When I was teaching my grandmother-in-law, she was taken back by the wrist pain because the…"
"I have done some demos for high schools, but unfortunately, in our province you can't get paid for in-school or after school activities unless it's a special event through the phys-ed or drama dept, that are already strapped for cash.…"
"Hi LavaAura - cool name - actually, I try not to 'perform' or demonstrate for seniors or beginners anything different than variations of what I've introduced to them. If you blow their minds, they'll back off and say 'I…"
"I also was curious, did you begin an after school program for hooping? I am interested in the teaching path and would really love to share my hoop love with students and teachers alike. In your own experience, did your district…"
"Greetings! My mother is a teacher (High School level Seniors as well) and from what I have observed, I agree with you. I think that your approach is probably the least daunting for beginnners, and I know what works…"
"Wow! This information was so fantastic- all great suggestions and it totally made sense to me about the need to make them comfortable way before we get underway. And the music tips are great! I am so grateful to all of you for…"
"Thanks Sadie, yes, the Seniors are a superfun bunch, and once they let their inhibitions down, I find them the 'free-est' group that really enjoy themselves. I agree they aren't 'trick' driven, but truly love to shake it up.…"
"In my experience, seniors love stories and silliness. They love to hear stories of where hooping came from, why someone would do it, what my story is. They also love the chance to shake it inside the hoop, be silly, be smiley, be with others.…"