Briefing your instructors:• What should be included in the brief?• Why ask questions? What questions should we ask?• How can we communicate effectively?
What to include:• Objective/Aim/Purpose of session• Sailing area• Timings• Safety• Recall signals/Comms• Craft/students• Level• Progression
How to get your messageacross:• Clear, Concise• K.I.S.S.• Don’t assume..• Check understanding• Visual aids• V.A.R.K.
Fitting everything into your brief• ‘Bums on a rugby post’ How, What, Why, Where, When, Who• If your students can answer all of these questions then you are on the right track.
Task• Set the right level of task.• Allow mistakes – people learn! If you are tempted to interfere, ask yourself:‘Is this error a useful learning opportunity?’• Observe carefully, take notes on session.• Max observation, Min disruption.
Debrief• As soon as possible after the session/course.• Be positive, good natured, helpful.• Weaknesses: Be direct & honest – constructive criticism.• Good use of questions (they will debrief themselves! – we are our own worst critic)• Avoid any ‘edge’.• Tell them how to improve/ Find solutions• Get feedback from the students.• Emphasise the good points/ Reinforce positives• PRAISE = PERFORMANCE.