How to Give a Lesson in the Army Cadets

Preparing for a Cadet Instructors Cadre? Or unsure of correct lesson procedures? Have a look. This information is reliable and has been re-edited by a Cadet Staff Sergeant.

Steps

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    Plan your lesson, Read the training manual section that covers the subject, then make notes on key stages to be taught.
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    Complete your lesson plan, rehearse your lesson, time it and make changes that are needed.
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    Prepare your classroom/workplace, consider the environment the cadets will work in.
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    Tell the cadets what subject and lesson they are covering, then immediately cover prelims & NSP's.
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    Revision on the previous lesson in the subject, ensures the group are ready to progress.
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    Introduction, covers aim/objective, reason why and an incentive.
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    Teach the lesson in stages following the correct procedure, ensuring you confirm each stage before moving on, remember when questioning; Pose, Pause, Nominate.
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    After the final stage has been taught, ask if there are questions on the whole lesson.
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    Final practice, either mental/oral or practical test confirms the learning.
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    End of lesson drills, covers pack up kit, NSP's etc.
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    Summarize the lesson & cover the main points.
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    Issue handouts, if required
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    Give a look forward to the next lesson in the subject, increases the desire to learn
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    Dismiss the group

Tips

  • Keep it simple, don't over complicate it by using big words. The people you're teaching might not be able to understand first time round so be patient. Always confirm throughout the lesson, if they don't understand, cover it again until they do.
  • Speak confidently, and clearly. Remember the qualities of a good instructor!
  • Be enthusiastic, increase the desire to learn.
  • Remember if your asked a question either; Answer it directly, throw it back to the class to answer, tell them you don't know then after the lesson find out and tell them, if it is irrelevant say so but answer it after the lesson has finished if necessary.
  • Don't rush. Always prepare and account for spare time, if you finish early, do a test or practice to ensure they fully understand the lesson.
  • Make sure the class know your rules, control them, but don't be overpowering constantly.
  • In longer lesson give constant breaks, give them fresh air, otherwise they will just not pay attention.
  • Find out what your mannerism is, and try to prevent it, otherwise it becomes a distraction.
  • Select and use correct training aids, only issue handouts at the end of a lesson, after using a training aid, dispose of it to prevent distractions.
  • Try to use the occasional humour, this will stop students from being distracted and people are more likely to remember if they are having a good time. But on the other hand, don't go over the top with the comedy as the class might start losing focus, and you may not regain control of the group.
  • Always use a 'shit sandwich' this lets cadets feel like they've done something right.

Warnings

  • Never bluff the answer to a question, if you don't know the answer say so!
  • If you send a cadet out, be sure to remember your reason for doing it. If the adults think you're singling someone out it can be taken as bullying: this is why you should send a misbehaving cadet to an adult instead of disciplining them yourself.
  • Follow the correct disciplinary procedure
  • Don't swear at cadets, Full stop.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper, Pens, Pencils etc.
  • Correct Training Aids
  • Demonstrators (if required)
  • Lesson Kit (Rifles etc.)
  • Lesson Plan
  • Handouts
  • Copy of your resource (Manual or Pamphlet etc.)
  • All of the above are always required in any lesson

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