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Sailing Tips for Newbies

Boating of any kind can be a thrilling and rewarding adventure. As many seasoned sailors know, those new to sailing generally need as much calm, and as much room to maneuver, as possible, making it important to choose the conditions most appropriate to get your first excursion underway. Select a Smaller Boat to Start. Bigger boats may provide more amenities than smaller vessels, says many sailors, but they also provide more lines, sails and equipment for the beginning sailor to cope with, turning what could be a good learning experience into a highly confusing one. If you’re nearing your first boating adventure, and are unsure as exactly how to get started, heed a little advice from a proven and seasoned sailing professional.

Avoid the crowd, choose the calm. Calm, uncrowded waters are generally your best option when it comes to the beginning of your sailing career. When learning how to sail, start out with a smaller dinghy. Capsize the Vessel It may seem counter intuitive, says an expert sailor, but every beginning sailor should practice what to do with a capsized vessel right at the start. The opportunity to feel the cool sea breeze as you and your friends skirt atop the water can quickly become a memorable experience, one that may hook your interest and turn you into a passionate sailing enthusiast for the rest of your life.

Experienced boater and passionate sailor Daniel Behan understands just how exciting, and even profound, a person’s first sailing experience can be, particularly as someone who has enjoyed the activity since he was just a little boy. Sailing, though exciting, is also an inherently dangerous activity, and every newbie should know what to do during an emergency situation.


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Four Ways to Regain Control of a Classroom

Controlling a classroom is a skill gained by experience. Usually when you lose control of a classroom, the situation spirals quickly. It’s best to act fast and decisively so that your students know who is in charge. Once you lose complete control of a classroom, it is difficult to regain the respect and attention of your students. Therefore, controlling a classroom is possibly the must important skill any teacher should learn. Here are four tips on how to regain control of your classroom.


  • Stop the lesson and observe the class so as to understand best exactly what is going on. Stopping the lesson is not a sign of weakness and will allow you to make better decisions based on your teaching intuitions. It will also prevent students from controlling the conversation.


  • Changing the classroom seating arrangements is helpful because it will change the social dynamics of the classroom. Move the troublemakers away from each other and have students sit next to other students who do not normally socialize together. Moving students help you regain control because the social dynamics will be different. Additionally changing the seating arrangements could create a friendlier atmosphere in the classroom amongst the students.


  • Use body language to convey control. The best way to do this is by making eye contact with the instigator. Making eye contact with a single student will tell them that they are disrupting the classroom and preventing you from teaching. Most likely, the will become quiet, and the rest of the classroom will follow suit.


  • If all else fails, talk to the class. Let them know that they are causing a problem and share your frustration with them. Do so in a decisive manner that conveys control though, not one where you are asking for their sympathy. They may not respect you afterward otherwise.


Daniel Behan has worked in the public education system for over 25 years. He spent time as a middle school teacher in Rochester, New York and served as a Principal at one time. He was a Quarter-Finalist for Teacher of the Year Award in the State of New York.

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