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June 6, 2017
The student/teacher bond is one of the most powerful relationships in existence. At LPB, we strive to provide consistent teachers for our students. Like most other learning environments, the swimming pool requires a great deal of trust which is often formed over time.
That said, even the most experienced swim teacher who has had a student for multiple years may invariably run into a plateau of sorts. It might not even be noticeable. It could be that one thing holding them back from their next ribbon….like diving or climbing out of the pool.
Enter the new teacher. Whether a substitute, a new teacher taking over a shift, or a change in your schedule that puts your child in a new class, sometimes that different approach can be exactly what a student needs.
While every teacher at LPB teaches the same developmental curriculum, each teacher brings their own unique style of teaching to the pool. For example, LPB is famous for teaching “Up-Faces”. While all of our teachers use similar layers and equipment, each teacher may provide a slight variation of verbal or emotional feedback or energy. What works for some students may not be as effective with others based on personality and learning styles. It could be a simple change of wording, or innovative use of equipment that “clicks” in the student’s brain.
On more than one occasion, teachers come back from a day off and found that their students have learned something new from their substitute! It’s not unusual that they suddenly break through a barrier with a substitute because perhaps the student/teacher relationship had gotten stuck in a rut, or perhaps another teacher’s perspective simply saw something they may have been missing