More than any other level, Pre-alpha (Snowplow Sam 4, Basic 1) is going to have wildly divergent speeds and engagement from the students.
Once they get into the true Learn-to-Skate levels, most kids can at least "keep up"-- that is, move at the same speed as everyone else. By the time they get into low freestyle, they've self-selected to just kids who are really motivated to skate.
But at Pre Alpha there are days when you just know you shouldn't check the clock because you have another 15 minutes of trying to get the whole class across the ice together.
As far as I can tell, it's worse for the kids.
They get this glazed look.
They start looking wistfully at the Beta class next door that seem to be having so much fun.
They have to go to the bathroom, or give their hat to their mom.
And the classic clue that you are being boring: "how much longer?"
Here's the thing-- if coach is bored (boring), the kids are bored.
And why do that to yourself? There is simply no reason to run a boring class. Every time I'm helping in a class with a teacher whose lesson plan is "okay one foot glide, right foot. Okay, let's do it again. and again. Couple more times! Now let's do the other foot." For. Forty. Minutes.
I want to poke my eyes out with a skate.
Put the kids on a circle. Have a contest. Make up a pattern. Play a game. Do a challenge. Sing a freaking song. Make up a program.
It's not only boring to the kids. It's boring to you-- if you're boring them you're also boring yourself. Being boring, or disengaged, or unimaginative is not going to make Pre Alpha class go away. So you might as well have fun.
Have you had a boring coach? What has a coach done with basic skating that made it interesting?