How Posture Cards Improve the Quality of Your Teaching
Posture Cards are one of your most important teaching resources. Here are some ways that Posture Cards can improve your teaching and engage children fully in the yoga lesson.
An important use for posture cards is as a visual timetable. Most Primary Class teachers use visual timetables so children will be happily familiar with yours. I use a vertical visual timetable, which shows all the postures, games or activities for that lesson in the correct order.
Visual timetables enhance learning and engagement because children:
Feel secure when they know what is coming next. This is especially important when teaching children with autism who need a highly structured environment and where pictures or symbols are often more engaging than words.
Know that you have planned the lesson and that will add to their respect for you as their yoga teacher. The teaching staff around you will observe your professionalism. It will also help them to know what is coming next
Are excited and curious when something new is on the timetable and therefore more engaged
Are also excited when they can see that their favourite game is on the menu.
Who cannot speak English (ESL) can more easily relate to a picture on the posture card, which means they are more likely to be engaged and join in.
After my training day with Michael , I went straight back to school and made my own visual timetable. Now i use his beautiful posture cards. It has increased my confidence and I feel more organised and professional
Lee, Primary School Yoga Teacher, Essex
Speaking & Listening Skills
Another creative way to use posture cards is at the end of the lesson. Select three or four children to point to the posture card in turn which they liked best in the yoga lesson. Encourage them to share this with the class loudly and clearly. For example, "I liked Banana bestĒ.
This is often an excellent opportunity to encourage shyer children to speak out loudly in front of their peers.
Yoga Games are where posture cards can save you time and words.
For example, I play a yoga version of Rock Paper Scissors in which I use three postures, namely Dragonfly, Flamingo and Tiger. It is so helpful and timesaving to use the cards to show what beats what (Apologies if you donít know this game) I have a long list of games where the posture cards help to simplify explanation of the rules.
Teaching eight classes during the course of the day is demanding. Simply by refreshing the timetable at the beginning of each lesson keeps me focused and on track. If I ever loose my way I have only to look at the timetable to get back on track.
You can buy your Posture Cards as a download
Super set of detailed yoga cards. Children easily relate to names and pictures . The children love them and I do too. Valuable visual aid which make such a difference to my yoga classes.
Anita, Teaching Yoga to Years 3 & 5
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