looks and sees the group

First of all you have to make a choice; do you want to see all students during the assignment or do you want to see some of them?

If you choose to see as many students as possible, the best method is to go with the front students and then lower yourself down until you've seen everyone. The advantages of this method are: you can give the example again while driving, you can indicate the practice pace and this method is energy-efficient for the instructor. The disadvantages are that you do not see the back if your assignment length is limited or that the assignment takes a very long time with a large group of students. Furthermore, it is difficult to descend when it is very busy and the difference in level should not be too great.

Another method is to go with the rear students and then drive forward until you've seen them all. The advantage of this method is that you can drive behind the student without him/her noticing. The disadvantages are that you have to skate hard if you want to be able to see everyone within the time that an assignment lasts, especially with a large group of students. This method costs a lot of energy, especially if the difference in level is large.

An advantage of paying attention to a limited number of students is that you can spend a relatively large amount of time with a student. The disadvantage is that you do not see everyone, but you can compensate for this by doing several assignments in succession via this method.

The big advantage of standing by the side is that all students come by and that you can see them all. This method is also energy efficient. The disadvantage is that you have little time to look closely and also to give directions, especially if they all start at the same time. Another disadvantage is that it can be difficult to get a good view of all your students when it is very busy.

The choice for the best method depends on the type of assignment and the structure in your lesson.

An exercise in which you practice at a slow speed is ideal for driving, especially when you ask the students to stay close to each other. You can see and correct all students in this way. With a driving assignment you can choose for both methods, by applying them alternately you can overcome the disadvantages of both methods. When the track is extremely busy, you are forced to skate behind the students.

The structure of a lesson can play a role in the choice of method. When you give a number of driving commands in a row, you can choose to view the first two commands from the side so that you get a general overview of what is not going well yet and then you can give two commands that you drive in so that you can look specifically and individually at what is not going well yet.

There is a method that combines both methods: the half ride. When riding along halfway, you drive on calmly after giving your example and the students start when you have passed. After driving the bend you turn around and slowly backing up all the students pass. After the last one has passed, you drive against the current, on the extreme outside of the track, at the beginning of the straight you catch the first students again.

Benefit: you see more of the student than when standing still. And this method is quite energy efficient.

Disadvantage: Driving back against the current is not allowed. It is a bad example and also dangerous for fellow road users.

You can only use this method when it is quiet on the track (just pay close attention to what you are doing!) and when the level in the group is not too far apart.

Despite the major drawbacks, it is a method that works well in practice: you have just a little more time to give directions than from a standstill and you can have eye contact with your students. This way the message gets across better to the students.

You can view students from three sides; from the front, from the side and from behind. All shapes in between are less suitable because this often gives a distorted picture with respect to the three positions mentioned.

For a good front view for the straight end, it is best to stand on the outside of the track at the end of the straight/start of the turn. You can also assess the transition from the straight to the bend from here. For a front view in the bend, it is best to stand in the middle of the bend, on the outside, the advantage of this position is that you can also get a side view and a rear view.

You can get a good side view for the straight end by standing on the outside halfway through the straight. You can view a side view both on the side of the track where you are standing, and on the other side of the track. For a side view of the bend, it is best to stand in the middle of the bend, on the outside.

You get a rear view for the straight end when you stand on the outside of the track at the end of the bend. You can see the entire straight from here. For a rear view of the bend, it is best to stand in the middle of the bend, on the outside.

When it is very busy, it is often difficult to get a good view of your students.