April is my favorite teaching month EVER. Seriously. It’s the month when my students are at their most independent-selves. They are doing things that they couldn’t do in August and totally rocking their programming. I keep my hands behind my back and sometimes even get to gaze at the beautiful springtime weather. It is just great.
And then there is May, when nobody wants to be at school anymore. All of the fun activities, like Prom, are over. Testing is over. The students (and staff, honestly) are so very ready for Summer break. There is a lot of tension flying high, especially at our residential school, and a lot of nerves to calm, including our own.
Nevermind teaching in June. The years we have to go in to June- hold on for your hats. THAT is a bumpy ride to the finish line!
But April. April is where it’s at.
April is also when I want to kick things up a notch in my yoga classes. We still have enough time in the school year to see some progress in a new move or two. The kids may be bored with whatever they are doing now. Or, I may be thinking about fun things to try next year. (I think of these things now while I am still excited to be teaching).
Since I can’t go in to any new yoga routine without a plan, I always have to write it down. In the post How to Teach Yoga to Students with Disabilities, I explained a simple 4 step process that you can use to get started teaching yoga to students with disabilities. Using that same process, fill out the worksheet below. There are both a PDF and Word document for you to choose from.
It will take you through most of the questions you will need to ask yourself in order to get started or to change your routine.
Yoga Class Planning Worksheet questions:
What are you focusing on?
When/where is your class going to be held?
Who is helping you?
And finally, the creme de la creme,
What is your yoga routine?
You can print these forms out and use them as you collaborate with other teachers. Get creative about who you want to include in your classes. Can you reach out to your student’s OT? How about PE teacher? Wouldn’t it be fun to share this with their family and show them what you have been doing?
Anyway, I hope this form is helpful to you. If you aren’t in the mood to change things up right now, I completely understand. You can quickly find the form in the Activity Library and come back to it whenever you need it. That way, you won’t have to scroll through all of the posts once you come back in August.
Yoga Class Lesson Planning Worksheet.
Yoga Class Lesson Planning Accessible Worksheet.