At the end of the session – was the pupil encouraged to reflect on their own performance?
At the end of the session your pupil should be encouraged to reflect on their performance and discuss their feelings with you about the session and what was learned from it. You should encourage honest self-appraisal and use client-centred techniques to highlight areas that need development if your pupil has not recognised them. Once development areas have been identified your pupil should be encouraged to make them part of future development.
Utilising the chunking methodology, we will have set out our plans for the session at the start, this may have been a wider goal that we set out as a series of mini goals, but it is at this stage that we would discuss the session, what we have achieved, marking off any targets in their logbook. Then setting out plans for the next session.
Be sure to allow time for this at the end. The examiner will give you a time to return, ask if you are not sure if this is back and finished at that time or back and debrief at that time. They will mean back and finished but do check if you are unsure.
By utilising this chunking methodology (short burst, goal driven training) you will help the pupil make rapid progress as you will constantly be adapting all that you do geared to their goals and needs on that day. We should be working towards this type of training all the time as it is a much more professional way of doing things. It doesn’t mean that you cannot both have fun and enjoy it, but it is done in an extremely professional way.