A friend and mentor once taught me about the 3 E’s of teaching: enthusiasm, entertain, educate. He explained that it is the teacher’s responsibility to be authentically enthusiastic about the material being taught. HINRG coaches love the vision of cultivating confidence in children through tumbling, gymnastics, trampoline and cheer. Our students know that HINRG coaches enjoy teaching because of our enthusiasm. Great teachers entertain their students with a variety of activities, questions that inspire interest in the subject, fun games, and small attainable goals that drive the child’s innate desire to achieve. Notice that “Educate” is the last “E.” Education is not an action, it is the natural consequence of creating the right environment for children to thrive.
The right environment: children need variety and certainty in order to succeed. Children need to feel connected to the adult with whom they are entrusted. They need to be certain that their coach cares about them. Without this certainty, children will limit their participation and learn much less than if they feel safe and valued. Children also need high levels of variety in order to maintain focus. As mentioned, great teachers stimulate interest and action from their students. Children are naturally curios which is why every HINRG coach is taught to “Lead with Questions.” A quality question helps a child discover what is the next in their quest for a back flip or cartwheel. They take the lead and learn much more than when a coach simply tells them what to do next (which is sometimes necessary).
Your child will succeed because the coaches at HINRG love teaching children that “anything is possible with focus and hard work. Children succeed because the coaches at HINRG value time with the athletes and make learning fun!