Healing Space final practical assessment
The practical assessment has to be completed by Healing Space students at the end of their six month internship period ( i.e. 6 months from your enrollment) The deadline for completion is 12 months from their enrollment on the course. (I may have negotiated an extension, but I will let you know in this case)
Students are required to plan and teach a 75 minute Yoga class for a group of people living with cancer. They are also required to hand in a detailed lesson plan for assessment, and should provide you with a copy of this in advance of the assessment
Options for group teaching
The student themselves may arrange to teach their own group, which you should observe
You may provide your own group of students, or a group of people you know who would be willing to act as volunteers.
For the purposes of assessment you should assume that this group are all people recovering from cancer, although you can recruit volunteers who are not living with cancer if you wish. Fellow yoga teachers or trusted students, who can be trusted to be sensitive to the assessment situation. You should have a minimum of three people in your group.
Similarly, the venue will be chosen by the student, or provided by you. The venue should be appropriate to the work: safe, clean, comfortable and free of overt noise and distractions.
Yoga mat, 2 blocks, 2 blankets and 2 cushions per person should be available or provided. Bolsters would also be nice, but not essential. If the teacher requires music, then there should be a sound system, or they should bring their own device. The student may also choose to use additional props or equipment, such as eye bags, which they should provide.
You will be reimbursed for your time and travel expenses by the student. You should agree this fee in advance. My suggestion is £80 plus travel expenses.
What I am looking for
You should observe the student teaching the group class, and look to see that they have absorbed the principles that we have spoken about in the course. Specifically
- That they offer presence
- That they work from the heart of compassion
- That they are considering individual needs and limitations
- That they are teaching safely
- That they offer appropriate modifications including props
- Showing that they are not afraid to sensitively broach the subject of living with cancer, and that they understand some of the issues their clients are facing.
- That they safely observe your students/client and respond to any difficulties sensitively
- That they are able to adapt to any situation that arises
- That they are able to draw on a wide range of appropriate practices
How to Observe
Sit in an appropriate spot in the class where you can easily observe and take notes without causing stress or a distraction to the teacher. I usually position myself in the corner, behind their teaching position so that they can’t see me.
After the assessment, please complete the assessment report form with your observations.