Thoughts from class – 10/18/15

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.

Quick thoughts

  • 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.

Thanks for a great last class of 2016. Well done!

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts from class – 10/18/15

  1. Some feedback from James M:

    Additionally, one of the instructors, Bayan D., explained why we were doing what we were doing. He incorporated his many experiences

    As an instructor, Bayan was honest without being insulting, he identified what I was doing wrong and taught me how to fix it.

  2. I was humbled and flattered by the following from Lowell B. Lowell is a former Marine and has been shooting for several decades longer than I have. This was evident in his gun handling and shooting, he was smooth, competent, and proficient.

    The FDP Class started promptly at the designated time. Bayan is like the Energizer Bunny. He doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t get hungry. His voice never waivers. He is an excellent speaker and his lectures are programmed to be slow enough for novices but fast-paced enough to maintain the interest of more experienced shooters. Questions were clearly answered as they were presented and safety was constantly stressed as firearms were introduced for gun handling, dry fire and live fire events. Bayan and assistant instructor, Brad, were perpetually vigilant and helpful in providing professional tutoring to individuals. There were grins on a few faces as nervous tendencies faded and most students realized an obvious increase in marksmanship as the class progressed. Due to my physical limitations several other students offered their assistance attesting to the quality of people attracted to Bayan’s classes. I feel privileged to have participated in this FDP class.

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