This is a page set aside for ideas that our members have to develop the Go-playing spirit of our room, feel free to post ideas as well as comments/critiques.
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BramGo/WuQingYuan: I really like this Student Program Idea. I'm sure I could teach a lot to a devoted 20k player. And I'm sure a 1k player could teach me a lot if I could play him about 3 times a week or more. Contact me on KGS if interested !
Anybody knows what's up with it?
How about a monthly recognition award for Best/Favorite KGS Ladder Teacher? The teaching volunteer selects a minimum-maximum rank range that they feel they can manage. Students must submit an assessment afterwards. We would need a formula to select the best teacher based on (1) the number of students taught and (2) how good the students thought about their teacher.
Different award categories could be made for language, skill level or teaching methods.
The objectives of this event would be to encourage participants, providing teachers with feedback, and recognize their investments in time and effort. The Cho Chikun Judan Cup encourages people to play as much as possible. I think we should have an award that encourages people to teach as much as possible.
Mef: DrStraw tried to do something like this a few months ago and offered teaching games to the person who taught the most each month, however the idea died due to lack of participation after the first month.
It would even be nice if KGS mailed certificates to the winners. I think its a great inexpensive way to give them a momento of their recognition. Either that or discounts on Kiseido books and merchandise.
Maybe the most outstanding teacher of the year can get a special award too.
This idea is inspired from the french "Chaîne de commentaires", a game review ladder.
To request a review there, the pupil posts a "fake" game offer, telling which game in the notes. Just like this: "jantiff vs. clair2lune 25/06/04".
This makes it easy for the teacher to load the game. Upon agreement with the pupil, you get to his/her game list via the user info button in the challenge window. The pupil can then cancel the game offer and join the reviewed game.
After the review, the teacher - de facto owner of the game - will be automatically proposed to save it in his/her own game list, and should do so. In the "Chaîne de commentaires", which comes with a points system, this enables you to earn points you can use to buy reviews yourself.
I think it would work fine in the KTL. A slight disadvantage is that the room's tab won't highlight from just a game offer being posted. On the other hand, it is more clear who is requesting what at a given time, and it's easier to keep track of past reviews.
Teachers who are really eager to review, and cannot bear waiting for a request ;-) could, just as well, post an announce as a "fake" game offer.
On the longer term, it would be very nice to have such proposal/request for review features integrated into KGS's interface.
Blake: Be careful doing this. KGS has a clause against "ad games" in its terms of service, meant to combat things like people posting ads for paid lessons and so forth (I suppose). I asked an assistant whether this sort of thing would violate that clause, and he said no -- but make sure the game isn't listed in the Open list (just uncheck that box when making the challenge), so that it's in the KTL room.
yaya I give weekly lessons on thursday about semeai and would like to put the lesson in the net after having done. Does anyone know if that is possible? Would like to make a link to the lesson.