What TRX is Teaching Me

This summer, I started an exercise class called “TRX – Suspension Training”, and am getting more from the experience than I ever imagined. 11116975_708817699240877_1594546452_nI joined the class because I wanted to be stronger and more fit. Little did I know it would make me think about teaching. I never could have predicted that a workout would make me think about what happens in my art room, but it does.

I’m not very good at TRX. (But I’m getting better.) During every session I am confronted with things I can’t do.

As I hang from the straps and struggle with the things my body can’t do yet, it makes me think about my students, and how they confront things that they don’t know how to do in my class. The knowledge of our own limitations can make us feel vulnerable. How a teacher treats those moments of vulnerability can be a game changer!

My own limitations with TRX has been a humbling experience.  It’s also the perfect reminder that with the right support, encouragement and verbal directives – progress is possible. Clear guidance, combined with patience is the mark of good teaching! My TRX coach, Angela is a great teacher, and is helping me feel more confident and stronger every week! I hope my students can say the same about me.

About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.
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