Tagged with teaching tips

Posture While Instructing Riding Lessons

We talk so much about our rider’s posture, but what about our own while we teach, standing the arena and moving in the barn day after day? I’ve been thinking a lot about how I stand and move while doing the same things day after day at home with kids, because when I don’t think … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: Communication Strategies

We are nearing the end of the teaching techniques series based on handouts that I’ve given Instructor in Training. This post is on the basic communication strategies you can use for most riders. These notes are compiled from various workshops and seminars. I don’t think it’s comprehensive, but it’s helpful! Enjoy! Teaching Techniques: Communication Strategies Here … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: The Basics

Here’s even more notes on teaching techniques that I’ve given ITs (Instructor in Training). This is actually the first one I usually hand out first. It’s about general teaching techniques that aren’t detailed in other handouts/posts but are just as important, and a good place to start. Teaching Techniques: The Basics Give Simple Instructions Get … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: Hows & Whys

Here’s some more notes on teaching techniques that I’ve given ITs (Instructor in Training). This one is focused on using lots of “hows” and “whys” to help your riders learn! Hows & Whys Whenever you tell a rider what to do, you need to also tell them how to do it, and why they should … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: Effective Feedback

Here’s some more notes on teaching techniques that I’ve given ITs (Instructor in Training). This time I rewrote much of it to make it better, and as usual am super breaking it down because that’s what I like to do… I remember teaching my first lesson and suddenly freezing up like a deer in the … Continue reading

Consistent vs. Changing Lesson Plans

When I first started teaching, I spent a lot of time making new lesson plans every week for my riders. Now that it’s been a few years, I still take time to lesson plan every week but it goes faster because the lesson plans stay very similar. This got me thinking about the importance of … Continue reading

Sharing Laughs and Singing Songs

Here are two easy teaching tips that can really help! Ok, not so much teaching tips as connecting-with-your-riders tips. Here you go! Share Laughter This was one of the most influential ideas I took from Claudine Pelletier-Milet’s book, Riding on the Autism Spectrum.  Laughing with someone creates a connection and a bond that is very important … Continue reading

Hierarchy of Support for Leaders & Sidewalkers

I am going through the gaps of information not on this blog, and it seems I have never posted about the types of support that leaders and sidewalkers can give their riders. By support I mean physical assistance – I already blogged about sidewalker prompting assistance in the Hierarchy of Prompts. Breaking it down like this … Continue reading

Preparing for New Riders

While I have posted about preparing a The Lesson Plan and doing the Intake Lesson (Version 1 & Version 2), I have not posted necessarily about preparing for a new rider. This has been on my mind lately because I have a new client! Within The Lesson Plan post, the first thing is what to do before the … Continue reading

About Asking Questions

I have been reading the book “Play to Talk: A Practical Guide to Help Your Late-Talking Child Join the Conversation” by James MacDonald Ph.D. & Pam Stoika Ph.D. I’m impressed! I bought it 3 years ago to help me with riders with speech disabilities and wish I’d read it sooner! I will be blogging more ideas … Continue reading