c. Explanations. Some procedures are best explained before the
demonstration, and some are best explained during the demonstration. If you are
explaining during the demonstration, practice to make sure your delivery is smooth and
well coordinated. If you falter or seem to leave awkward pauses, the students will lose
confidence in your ability. If there is a very difficult or intricate step, tell the students
ahead of time. Then if this step doesn't go right, you can turn this into a learning
experience for them.
d. Safety. Points that require special safety precautions for the student or for
the patient should be stressed. Any rules or regulations about safety should be taught
again even if you have taught them earlier.
a. Training in Today's Army. Training has always been of major importance in
the Army. In today's changing world, it is even more important for soldiers to be well
trained. They must be able to accomplish the mission wherever and whenever
necessary. Recently, Army personnel have participated in hurricane relief in Hawaii,
Florida, and Louisiana as well as Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Success of the
mission depended on each soldier's thorough knowledge of his skills and his ability to
adjust instantly to the special requirements of the mission.
b. Your Importance in Training. These soldiers received their training from
instructors like you who worked constantly to improve their teaching skills. Information
you have just read on speech, questions, training aids, and demonstrations is a good
starting point. You can continue to improve your skills by observing other instructors
and discussing instruction with your peers. It is vital for you to be an effective instructor.
You are training soldiers who must be prepared to perform under adverse conditions --
at any time and any place.