Have you got some CPD goals for the coming year? If you have then why not share some of them with fellow teachers here on CPD for Dance Teachers? Finding out what CPD others are doing or planning is a good motivator. Sharing your CPD plans can help other teachers to plan their CPD or at least add ideas for CPD to their To Do list.
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Setting some CPD goals at the beginning of the year is one way of encouraging us to think about the importance of CPD for our teaching practice.
My own CPD goals for this coming year include exploring more about fascia or web connective tissue or sheath that spreads throughout the body and connects all of our muscles and organs. I am really interested in learning more about how tightness in the deep fascia surrounding muscles can restrict movement impacting on our ability to stretch. I am a fan of using therapy balls and foam rollers to release tight spots or generally maintain mobility. I have always viewed the body as being connected rather than separated. So the concept of rolling a ball under the foot to ease out the hamstrings fits into this view. If you have not tried this for yourself then here is what to do:
Stand up and keeping your knees straight roll down (letting the spine curl rather than with a flat back) and see how far down you can go without forcing anything – how do your hamstrings feel? Recover and then using a ball (therapy ball, pinkie ball, tennis ball or for those who like to really feel it try a golf ball) and roll it forward and back under your foot for say 30-60 seconds – make sure that you pay attention to any tender spots and work slowly and firmly so that you feel the ball working under your foot. Repeat the foot rolling on the other foot. Then try your roll down again and see if your hamstrings feels easier and allow you to roll down a bit further than before. A great example of how working on one area affects another area. There is a free foot exercise chart available from the freebies page on my decodanz website if you want some foot exercise ideas.
I have lots of ideas and plans for my CPD for 2013 and I will share more of them along the way. Here’s to an exciting year of CPD in 2013.