From Endurance to Dressage
Top 10 Tips for Students
Wednesday is lesson night, again. I need to count how many time I've started a post with that sentence. The thing is that Wednesdays are now my favorite day of the week. I know that's odd. Who likes Wednesday? It's Hump day, it's mid-week, and there are still two to go. But knowing that I get a lesson after work on Wednesday rejuvenates me and gives me that little high that gets me through the last two days of the work week.
I am a teacher. That's what I get paid to do. And yet, I find that I enjoy the opportunity to be a student. My brain literally crackles during a lesson. And since I am usually the one giving directions, grading work, and checking on progress, I know exactly what it takes to be a good student. To get the most out of your lesson, follow some of these tips from a teacher.
Everyone of these ten tips are things that I encourage my students to do every day. My honor roll students do them without thought. Learning is only partly about the teacher. Learning really comes from the student in spite of the teacher. Good learners will learn no matter what. Good learners matched with good teachers can accomplish marvelous things.
11/23/2011 09:46:04 pm
Kelly - I love my lesson days, but it does make Thursday kind of a long day. I couldn't do Fridays, but that would make a great Happy Hour!
11/24/2011 01:01:16 am
Karen these are good tips for students to live by but more importantly they are life principles for each of us. Growing up I tried to instill in you these very things you speak about. I do not take the credit though because you were exposed to many people who influenced you. Great job! I hope your other students will take your concepts to heart. Not will it only help them professionally but it can help them in time of stress and problems that tend to sneak upon all of us. Take care. Love mom
11/24/2011 03:31:26 am
Thanks, Mom! You must have had at least some influence because I clearly got the message. I think you're allowed to claim a good deal of the credit. :0)
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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