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Assistants work with Rachel to teach the
tai chi for health and tai chi for fitness curriculum. They are all enthusiastic, friendly and enjoy training tai chi.
Despite being conscientious and keen, nobody takes themselves too seriously.

Who are they?

assistant: Chris Young


Chris possesses terrific people skills and is a 'natural' when it comes to teaching students. He is an versatile mentor; offering a zero-pressure approach to the cultivation of the desired skills. With an extensive background in martial arts (including karate black belts) Chris brings a lot of insight and martial experience to his tai chi.

Assistant levels

There are 3 stages of assistant in our school:

  1. Helper (tai chi for health)

  2. Teaching assistant (tai chi for health)

  3. Assistant teacher (tai chi for health)

1) Helper

Helpers occasionally help Rachel but have no ongoing responsibilities within the school.

2) Teaching assistant

A teaching assistant is responsible for multiple groups within the tai chi for health class and will attend to these on a frequent basis.

3) Assistant teacher

An assistant teacher can (to some extent) step-in and cover the class for Rachel when she has other responsibilities within the school.


ssistants all possess qualities necessary for tai chi instruction:

  1. Friendly and personable

  2. Interested in other people

  3. Caring

  4. Reliable

  5. Earnest

  6. Committed

  7. Trustworthy

  8. Genuine

  9. Punctual

  10. Motivated

Expressing the teaching

Being an assistant is a challenge; it requires the student to articulate skills and ideas in a way that makes sense to other people.
This requires considerable effort. Expressing the teaching to somebody else is not easy.


In order to explain, you must dismantle things, give examples, illustrate and demonstrate. You need to answer questions and to re-consider your own perceptions.


Mark is an extremely successful high school mathematics teacher. When we asked him when he really learned calculus, he said, "When I first taught it. There is no better way to learn anything than to actually teach it. When I teach something, I have to confront many fundamental questions: What is the motivation to learn this topic? What are the basic examples? On what aspects of this material should I focus? What are the underlying themes? What ties the ideas together? What is the global structure? What are the important details? These questions force me to discover the heart of the matter, and see exactly what I truly understand and what I still need to work on."

(Edward B Burger & Michael Starbird)

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Last updated 11 April 2024