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 Post subject: Re: Do's and Don'ts: teaching two-eyes as a rule
Post #41 Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:36 pm 
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Inkwolf wrote:
I have always felt that there is way too much impatience in Go teachers.

We recently did some go courses for children. They ranged from 6 years of age to 11 years.
I like to emphasize Inkwolf's remark, especially if children are involved.

Some lessons for us: age makes a large difference, and younger ones may need a different approach than older ones.
Regarding learning: I distinguish between learning by teaching versus learning by doing and playing.
Learning by teaching is most often not the best approach.

To illustrate: some younger ones derived playing pleasure from laying out figures and mosaics on the board (flowers, houses, dragons).
I think that's okay. Forcing them to learn the game would be countereffective. If they like making figures, that's okay. All in due course. And yes, we explained the rules (no jargon), so they can play an actual game if they want.

In teaching beginners, generally, jargon is most often best avoided as much as possible. 'Atari' though, is a term they seem to like and swiftly understand. It somehow seems to capture the spirit of the game.

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