P498 Physical Practicum
P498 is the Teaching Practicum in the Martial Arts Program for students who have completed at least the first year of classes in their martial art (this requirement varies from martial art to martial art - talk to your instructor for specifics). Here, students assist instructors in teaching various martial arts classes and will have many opportunities to teach themselves as well.
But also, this class helps put the students' martial arts knowledge in a whole new perspective. As the old saying goes, 'you don't really know something until you are able to teach it to someone else.' The process of teaching others helps reinforce knowledge the students already have, helps to make certain that the students know proper technique, and helps them to learn 'teaching progressions' or methodologies for teaching various techniques. Also, being a P498 participant is an excellent opportunity to work one on one with some of Indiana University's martial arts instructors.
Participation in the P498 program is easy. Before you register for class, a permission sheet needs to be filled out and signed by the department. Students then submit a list of three classes for which they could be the P498 aide and, by the beginning of the following semester, they are assigned as a P498 aide to one of those classes. Then, the student spends the following semester working closely with the instructor of their assigned class.
Aside from attendance and participation, the only requirement for the P498 program is the keeping of a class journal. In this journal, the student is expected to record the class activities as well any insights into their particular martial art that they may have gained. These journals then serve as a tool to both reinforce the students own martial arts knowledge and provide the foundation for a syllabus should the students find themselves teaching at some time in the future.
If you are interested in participating in the P498 Teaching Practicum, find out more information about it today! Either talk to your instructor or email the Martial Arts Program.