"Great approach to go in with something you really know and that will benefit the group. I like it."
Adie, I clipped and pasted you're thumbs up reply to an earlier post. The thing is, for L3, you have to go in an have absolute confidence that you know what you're doing, pre-planned or not. The following isn't about tooting my own horn, but more about having no clue what I was going to do as we approached the top of the pitch where we were going to teach our short coaching segments.
Short segment, we were skiing very steep, very large bumps. For that one, I kept it what I thought was ridiculously simple, but I saw some issues with pole plants and again, separation. I recall saying, "well, we're going old school here, but if you're bored, you're boring... Strong blocking pole plants." Tough terrain, keep the technique simple, give a sentence of very directed tactical, check for understanding, and go. The ''what' and 'how' and 'why' were done statically. I told my group for the first bit of trying this out that I didn't care at all if they shopped for turns. I only wanted them to focus on the pole plant and where I wanted to see it happen... '
. The point was for them to focus on the task without worrying about making their best turns in some pretty intimidating terrain. I gave some individual feedback points, then said,"ok, let's link some up now that we're staying square to the fall line with better separation, lets keep things slow and deliberate, but now let's link up some turns. All 4 improved. . The next step was to speed thing s up a bit and take it back to their 'real' skiing. At that point the examiners said' "good, ok, next candidate." I was done. 12 minutes roughly.
The abrupt ending I thought for a moment was because I sucked, but recalled them saying that they may cut things short if they saw what they needed to see. In the end, it went very well and was well received on the evaluation form, and more importantly, by my peers I was teaching. Sometimes there's no need at all to reinvent the wheel, just to make sure the right tire is on for the job at hand.Edited by markojp - 4/19/15 at 8:11am