Just a quick update today. Off early to work. Jobs care not for the aches of muscles, it seems…

Took the opportunity to work with some of the material from Puck and Mary Curtis’s “From the Page to the Practice” overview of Spanish Destreza in class last night. The footwork was already familiar to the students, so I took about ten minutes to demonstrate the four general techniques and have the students drill them out a bit. Straightforward and easy to understand, everyone picked it up really fast. We moved on to slow work immediately, trying to chain the techniques together and see what worked, what didn’t, and what we wanted to learn more about. I’m considering moving to the destreza language for teaching in class. The method laid out in the pdf is easy to understand, and offers an elegant approach to explain technical actions using english.

The interpretation offered is nice, too. I’ve worked with spanish material quite a bit in the past, but felt a real disconnect with what I saw from others. The larger community did things in a very different way than from what I had been exposed to. This interpretation clears up a lot of that, and I feel less like I’d been missing something. I’ll be cracking the books back open, it seems.