Like many people, I can't believe how fast this year is passing. While there are still a number of teacher training days left this year, planning is now underway for 2017!
The Summer Festival of Bridge will be held in Canberra from January 10. The number of novice players attending this event is growing, but we would love to see more. Please pass on information about this event to your students and encourage them to consider attending. For the first time we will be offering a special programme for teachers and students to help them prepare for the Summer Festival of Bridge. Stay tuned for more details!
INTRODUCING TWO OVER ONE So far, the Continuing Professional Development Days for teachers have covered Modern Competitive Bidding, and Defence. In 2017, I will be offering a new programme, Introduction to Two Over One Game Force. This, like the others, aims to provide content for teachers, as well as for their students, and focuses on presenting this new method to classes.
It is soon to be taught in the US to new players, so there is no need to see it as an advanced topic. If presented simply, it will make both teachers’ and their students’ lives, easier!
Around 25 teachers were able to attend an ABF/NSWBA lunch after the talk in Coffs on August 12th. Bruce Neill spoke of the fact that growth in bridge clubs depends on producing happy bridge players using modern teaching methods.
Ever since Maitland received an ABF grant three years ago, they haven’t looked back. What was once a small club now has the delightful problem of where to fit all their players! Yes, that’s right, some sessions are so popular there’s not enough room in the existing club house!
From the word go, Maitland took a sensible approach to their growth, and the women who were at the helm (namely Wendy Rissler, Jenny Coyle, and Miriam Officer) planned a slow but steady campaign to introduce new players. They also ran the beginners lessons (and later the intermediate ones) themselves, following ABF guidelines and suggestions.
Once they gained confidence, the sky was the limit! I was able to run a Continuing Professional Development Day there in July, on Defence, and I too had the same “problem” as the club has experienced… more people than expected were there!
A number of accredited teachers turned up (see pic), and their input was really valuable. Apart from the girls from Maitland (Wendy Rissler and Jenny Coyle) there was Leslie Falla from Hawks Nest, Trish Thatcher from Port Stephens, Mat Raj Mal from Central Coast, and Anne Reilly from Toronto.