As I’ve had more time to work on skills, I’ve cleaned up many of them. I still make quite a few mistakes with transitioning between tricks though. I often accidentally make the poi collide together, I did this a few times in the video below. I had a video call with my mentor where we worked on a few new skills, which are subtle variations of a few I had already learned. I’m also having a meeting later today with him to work on refining the tricks I learned last week.
These past two weeks I’ve been really enjoying practicing. I haven’t recorded those practices because many of them were short and sometimes just a quick break in between homework and other activities. I’ve been working a lot on my left hand and it has been getting smoother, though it still messes up on transitions as I mentioned before. I framed the video this time better and made sure to fix the lighting somewhat. I think I need to work on syncing myself to the music better. I also only choreographed the performance mentally, so I think I should write more of it down on paper.
As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to create more poi, so I’ve been looking around the house for materials. I’ve decided to make a set out of wooden blocks, since it’s a material I have in abundance. I also worked on a few contact poi tricks, but none of them were refined enough for me to perform.
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1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?
My mentor (before isolation) was able to teach me about many different parts of poi. He also had many books about juggling, which including poi, that he lended to me to read. Many of these books were from the UK and would probably not be found here.
2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?
He checks up with me regularily to check to see how I’m doing practice wise and if I need any help with figuring out a trick. He provides very good info whenever I need it. As I mentioned, he has many books for me to read through and has also showed me a few videos of other people teaching poi.
3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?
The fact that my mentor has taught many people in the past, helps him teach me more efficiently. Because of that, I’ve been learning quickly from his teaching. He also has a large variety of skills in other places that come in handy when teaching certain tricks because they relate to the same skills I have in those other places.
4. When you get together what do you talk about?
We usually talk about what went well when I practiced during the week. I usually ask questions and he answers them with detail. We also talk about anything new either of us learned during the week, since we share similar hobbies it’s not always directly about poi.
5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?
My mentor is very comfortable person to be around, so it’s not difficult for me to open up to him and talk about any topic with him. He is also an excellent teacher, so it helps me learn quicker.
6. What are you learning about one another?
We’ve learned that we both share many of the same hobbies and interests. He enjoys creating costumes for cosplay and he also has a VR (virtual reality) headset. I also enjoy making costumes for cosplay and attending events such as ComicCon. I recently was gifted a VR headset by my parents, so I have been using it often.