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Tips for Teaching Basic Casts | Jody Martin | PDF


1. The 5-30-75% rule
It’s been said that students retain 5% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, and 75% of what they do. Is that true? Probably not, but maybe it’s close. If it’s even close, it’s important. Make the lessons as “hands-on” as you can, and refrain from taking the rod from them. Remember: No two students learn the same way.

2. The importance of leaving them alone and being positive
PPL – Praise, Prompt, and Leave! This is even more important, as it affects their desire and motivation as well as their ability. It’s easy to do some unintentional damage here and end up discouraging rather than encouraging. Avoid the words “don’t” and “but” in your lessons. Use instead “Good — Next time what I’d like you to try is . . .” Tell students what you want them to do, not what you don’t want them to do.

3. Style vs. Substance
What is important (e.g. mechanics) vs. what is not (stance, grip, casting plane, etc.).

4. The importance of having fun!!
Both you, and the students, should be enjoying this! If either party is not, you might ask yourself if there is something that you could be doing differently.

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