Teacher Training and Beyond
You may have noticed signs around our schools advertising free lessons for certain level students. What are those about?
La Petite Baleen’s teacher training program is incredibly robust. Our new hires spend about 40 hours team-teaching with senior staff members and in classroom clinics learning the ins and outs of our curriculum.
(While many other swim schools and pool facilities depend on the Red Cross’s Water Safety Instruction, La Petite Baleen utilizes its own proprietary curriculum, which is steeped in child development.)
After their initial training, teachers are required to continue their education by attending extended training workshops to ensure that they are providing the best possible lessons to our students. Workshops vary by topic, usually covering each of our six swim levels (Baby/Toddler, 1-4 and Gold Plus) as well as a handful of other topics relating to child development and how that relates to our curriculum mantra: pace, pattern, compassion and fun.
So what about those free lessons?
Our workshops come in a variety of formats: some are classroom discussions and roundtables while others have teachers in the pool with an advanced teacher and volunteer students to provide the ultimate hands-on learning experience. Those in-water workshops are when we typically need students to participate, which means a free extra lesson for them.
This month (October), each of our schools will be hosting in-water workshops for Toddlers, so if you have a swimmer between 18 months and 3 years old, please watch for sign up information. Not only will participants get a free lesson, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about our Toddler & Me class and why we do what we do.
We believe that every day brings an opportunity to learn more about the work that we do and we know that staff, students and parents all benefit from our teachers continuing their education and striving for excellence.