The elbow joint during a forearm hit should always be at a ninety degree angle. Also, always start by snapping the wrist. It’s important to snap your wrist with each contact your racquet has with the ball, and to keep the racquet level and continually circling around the body. This should be done while simultaneously keeping your forearm parallel to the playing surface. When approaching a return hit, be sure you are facing the side wall, not the front. Racquetball is not only a hobby for many players, it is their passion, something that fuels their competitive fire and provides them a consistently powerful and fulfilling way to stay in shape and feel their best. Doing so however is much more enjoyable when you know proper technique. Below, experts seeks to share several basic tips for getting a better handle on your racquetball game; fundamentals he believes can help to point amateur players in the right direction.
For every forehand hit, says experts, do your best to keep your elbow aligned with the top of your shoulder. A skilled racquetball player and considerable challenge to anyone opponent setting foot on the court,
The key to a great racquetball serve, says experts, is the employment of good stroke mechanics which, when properly followed, can enhance the serve’s power and velocity. By combining one’s hips and shoulder rotation with the initial wrist snap, one works to ensure better speed and power in their strike.
When returning a serve, says experts, it’s important to use a backhand grip when keeping the racquet centered in the front of your body.
Daniel Behan is an avid racquetball player who continues to impress friends and family with the skill and aptitude he maintains for the game.
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.
It is very important in any career to conduct yourself with a level of professionalism that people can admire. This is why good educators are always so willing to put in the hours and the energy to see that both they and their students are fully prepared for the future. One particularly hard working educator is not only known for his unrelenting dedication to the craft of teaching; he is also known as a diligent and focused professional, someone is able to maintain his focus and determination during each task, and who has the ability to both set and achieve his objectives at every available opportunity.
Not only does he maintain a love of the profession, as well as the desire to be a positive influence on young people’s lives…he is also always willing to commit the time, energy and work needed to ensure his students have the best prepared and most effective classroom instruction possible, and that the framework is always in place for the provision of an engaging and inspirational educational environment. A diligent and dedicated teaching professional has proven how effective a strong work ethic, focus and resolve can be in the construction of a professional career.
Daniel Behan has a passion for learning and for teaching, though it is his work ethic that has the main crux of his career success over the last 25 years. For him, teaching is more than just a 9-to-5 position. He looks forward to waking up and going to work each and every day. Teaching provides the chance to really make a difference; to inspire, encourage and influence in one of the most integral and important professions in the world.
Daniel Behan says that he always wanted a dog as a kid, but never did get one. He knows that you can never really make up for lost time, but he is trying to do that with Duke McDuff.
Duke McDuff, he says, might be the dog that he never had. He and his wife got the Duke as a puppy, when their kids were three and five years of age. "Just the right age for a dog," he says. The first few months were pretty rough as they struggled to get the big dog housebroken. But they finally passed that milestone, and Daniel Behan says that it has been great ever since.
Labs, he is learning, are intelligent dogs, and Duke is no exception. As a puppy he occasionally suffered from selective hearing, but not too often. Daniel Behan and his wife took the big dog to obedience
Officially, they got Duke McDuff for their two children. "The kids just love him to death," he says. But he adds that "the Duke," as he calls him, is the kind of dog that he always wanted when he was growing up back in Ohio. Owning a lab, Daniel Behan is learning, can be expensive. For starters, he has had to replace several pairs of his shoes because Duke got hold of them and chewed them to bits. But the dog also has an enormous appetite, and he has had a number of trips to the vet for vaccinations and medicine for worming and heart-worm.
But the joys of dog ownership far outweigh any expenses, he says. After all, he is the dog Daniel Behan always wanted, and his kids want him, too.
Daniel Behan has been teaching history at the middle school level for nearly twenty years, and at the college level for about ten.
Even when he isn't in the classroom at Elijah Parish Lovejoy Middle School in Rochester, New York, where he works full time, Daniel Behan is apt to be teaching somewhere. He teaches history at a local community college two nights a week during the summer. But more important, he says, he volunteers many hours of his time every year with Turn the Page, a childhood literacy program.
Childhood literacy is an important issue, says Daniel Behan. "Introducing book in the home is the single most important factor in influencing a child's early educational success. I always urge parents to expose their kids to book: to the classics, like Goodnight Moon, even though it doesn't have any text. And to Dr. Seuss. And so much more. It can make all the difference."
It can make all the difference, he says, because studies show that two-thirds of students who are unable to read proficiently by the fourth grade, end up either in jail or on welfare. "That is a bedrock fact, and if that isn't enough to motivate parents into getting their kids plenty of books, then I don't know what could be."
Daniel Behan knows that even with a lot of books around, some kids are going to be slower at picking up reading than are others. And that is where Turn the Page comes in. "We identify those kids who are struggling, and give them the help that they need," he says. "Everyone has a different learning style, and it frightens me to think how many of these kids who don't read as quickly as others end up feeling stigmatized, and thinking they aren't as smart as others. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I try to emphasize that. And to get them to read. And to turn the page."