I think the biggest challenge I have faced at St. Mary’s is getting all the kids to stay on task and be focused on the activity at hand. Getting young kids to do this can very difficult to accomplish and it takes a lot of effort and patience. Some students always listen and site quietly while I give instructions, but others are screaming or running around and this can be hard to control.
I think if the instructor is animated enough to grab the attention from most of the class the few who are seeking attention will begin to listen to you. The instructor needs to be clear and confident or else the students will begin to get restless, also using progressions and only giving a few directions at time is very helpful. This way the students don’t get confused with a bunch of directions, but rather they can focus on one or two.