All I Have Learned from Swimming Lessons…

Having now done probably about 10 years’ worth of swimming lessons with kindergarten to grade 6 students, I have learned a lot about education from those students…

You have never truly gotten to be an educator and until you are the only adult in a locker room with 40 boys trying to help them get ready for swimming lessons… Aye Caramba!

 

Parents, please do me a favor. Actually, please do me a few favors…

 

Please teach your child how to dress before they come to swimming lessons…
It is often hard enough for them trying to get clothes on when they are still wet from the pool as compared to if they have never dressed themselves at all.

 

Please teach your child how to dress themselves in a somewhat reasonably acceptable rate of speed…
We go all the way from having students ready in 20 seconds after they get out of the shower (no exaggeration!), to kids that still don’t even have their swim trunks off when 90% of the rest of the class is ready.

 

Please teach your child to recognize their own stuff…
It is painful going through the stuff and having to get a student’s mom to identify his gear because he could not. Going through all the lockers for trying and trying to help the student is a wee bit frustrating…

 

Swimming lessons are amazing as it is a great opportunity for students to learn to take risks based on their own abilities and knowledge, where the challenges are tailored to their level of comfort.

Swimming lessons are amazing as our students grow in independence in huge ways over the course of a week.

Swimming lessons are amazing, as one dad put it, it is amazing what growth the Ks show as they move to grade 1, the grade 3s show as they move to grade 4, etc.

 

It is amazing what I can learn, as an educator, from helping kids get ready for swimming lessons and afterwards. I am sure I could write most of their report cards just from those experiences.

And to all the dads and grandfathers (as well as moms and grandmothers) who have volunteered to help me out over the years, all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

And, just for your amusement, here is how I did thank all of our parent volunteers this year…
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2180671914001?bckey=AQ~~,AAABPhvTOmE~,OCApyahQOXoFCT3rfJaXwh7ZNh4dag9f&bctid=4546608793001

 

Work hard and learn tonnes!
D

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