Five key tips for swimming teacher practical assessmentsJanuary 28, 2016 Careers Advice
Practical assessments are often required as part of the interview process for a job as a swimming teacher or instructor.
This is a common process where you will typically take a small group and show your ability by teaching a lesson.
Don’t be nervous. Practical assessments reflect what you will be doing day-to-day if you get the job, so consider it a chance to demonstrate clearly what you can do.
Five tips to prepare for practical assessments?
- First of all, find out the size of the group you will be teaching and their ages and ability. This will make planning your lesson for the practical assessment a lot easier, although it isn’t essential. The employer might want to see how well you can improvise.
- While delivering the lesson, don’t get too caught up on the fact that it is being assessed. Just focus on all the things which make a good lesson.
- Be friendly and positive with the pupils and try to give individual feedback to everyone in the group as the lesson goes on.
- Show your passion for teaching by being enthusiastic, smiley and active, giving lots of visual signs of positive feedback such as thumbs up. You’re trying to make this as fun a lesson as possible.
- Finally, remember this is a lesson so the pupils are trying to improve. Point out faults and aim to correct them to demonstrate your good knowledge of swimming techniques.