Classes are challenging on many fronts, on many levels. How do I keep students engaged? How do I ensure that people of varying skill levels are appropriately challenged? How do I track the progress and challenges of each student? The particular challenge I’m facing now is how do I narrow down the many accomplishments from today into something for a class review without writing too much.
One of the approaches I use in terms of addressing problems as a group is: what is the trend in performance?
Two of the things that we focus on are trigger control and focus on the front sight. [The front sight is my salvation] How do we reinforce these things? Good question! One step is observing the actual shooting and coaching people in these techniques – it’s evident when it isn’t happening. smile emoticon The other step is when there is a marked improvement. We ask what allowed the improvement in performance. Allowing the student to verbalize what variable was changed to allow them to improve is an important step in the learning process. Allowing them to verbalize what was changed among the other students helps them reinforce it in themselves and it helps other students to hear it from a new source as well.
Learning is in incremental process, not an immediate change.
When you get to the point where you are catching your own mistakes, you have just made a HUGE step towards learning.
Measure your performance in context. In other words if you’re not happy with your performance are you being realistic? How often do you train? Have you had quality instruction? As an analogy, if you have a 16 year old that has just started driving, would you expect the same level of proficiency that a 35 year old cab driver would have? No.
Say: That’s not bad, but I can do better.
In general terms, the longer and heavier the trigger pull on a pistol is, the more work it will take to shoot accurately.
A “good deal” on a gun or holster is usually referring to it being inexpensive. Is your priority cost or quality? This is not to say you have to buy the most expensive of either.