January is often a funny time of year, the post-festive rush, the break from classes, the cooler weather, that slow down hibernation feel?

What speed are you on as a teacher? Have you ever stopped and thought about this?

All too often as teachers it is so easy to bring the rush of our lives into our lessons and simply be on ‘the doing mode.’ Often, it takes a while to settle into January and come back online after the festive break. And that applies for all of us, not just us as teachers, but for our parents’ and our children too!

Do you ever stop and think and ask yourself the following questions?

  • What speed am I on as a teacher? Full speed, autopilot or go slow?
  • Which teaching flow and speed is right for my class this week?
  • Are my children in flow?
  • Are my swim parents going at their child’s tempo around the pool or at theirs?

We all have an individual inner tempo and we all have different processing speeds. Our inner tempos often reflect our emotions; slow and low, fast and excited, flat and on overwhelm.

Post excitement and festivities, the Christmas comedown, the weather change, the break in lessons, the natural winter slow down, a few sniffles. It is a great time of year to be more aware of all the subtle speed changes within ourselves and how our classes feel, their tempo, flow, and speed.

Start by taking a little more time to ‘check in’ with yourself before class. Are you feeling fully present? Able to soak up the sights and sounds, to acclimatise to the sensory surroundings, ready to collect your inner thoughts? When we are more present and mindful, we are able to process and pick up on the small details.

Remember to check in with your class too – how is everyone? Your pool might be a familiar and safe environment but be aware that there is often hidden additional pressure this time of year.

Some children may find concentrating and listening more challenging. So, give yourself extra time to recap and provide clear demonstrations.

At Aqua Sensory we believe in thinking about inner tempo, flow, and processing speeds. These subtle details can bring about a new awareness and create the biggest changes.

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