razie: Your engineering degree (ME, EE?) is showing.
First, as to your excellent video let me clear my throat:
"Bullsh*t!" Or more accurately: "Not applicable."
As Dr. Dan Willingham says at 4:30:
"Ok, so let me summarize what I have said so far. It’s true that some people have a better visual memory than others and other people are better at learning auditory material than other people are. But that fact is not really all that important for teachers because most of what teachers want students to learn is not particularly visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Most of what teachers wants students to learn is based on meaning."
Let’s repeat what Dr. Willingham said: "most of what teachers want students to learn is NOT ... KINESTHETIC." ? ? ? ?
Uh..., I don’t want my students to learn the MEANING of "turn." I want them to learn HOW to turn. That is "KINESTHETIC."
I teach them first by making them DO it. And then only after they have EXPERIENCED it, do I let them Think about it. (i.e., I explain it).
I simply hate it when I see a fellow ski instructor or a clinician in a clinic on the side of a slope talking, talking, talking and the students are listening, listening, listening, colder, colder, colder, stiffer, stiffer, stiffer, standing, standing, standing, no longer listening, no longer listening, no longer listening...
razie: YOUR THREAD TOPIC IS A "THINKERS" TOPIC. That's ok. I am a reformed thinker too. *
But now all I want to do is learn to ski KINESTHETICALLY. And as a result of my personal skiing focus, my teaching is migrating to student-oriented kinesthetic. That is why I tried to redirect your "Skill Development vs Technique Mastery" thread from a naval gazing theoretical discussion of the concept of what is meant by the words "technique" vs "skills" to a discussion of (at least my) actual students and what it really takes to teach them.
Just as any good instructor can tell whether a student is right handed or left handed within seconds of their first slide. Any good instructor will observe and vary his or her instruction to each student based on if they are among the first to DO it, or want to DISCUSS (i.e., think about) it, or are the last to go while WATCHING it.
Ok here’s another three word phase: DO IT! EXPERIENCE IT! DO IT AGAIN BUT A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY (with or without guidance). EXPERIENCE IT! Talk a little about it. Think a little about it. DO IT AGAIN.
So, for contrast, let’s all go and listen to the first 15 minutes of J.F. Beaulieu’s 2nd Interview with Tom Gelle about the little 8 year old girl racer who ski’s without thinking, who skis by forces resulting from the edged ski snow contact, not by her muscle input:
"Receiving and directing the pressure. Not creating the pressure."
* We may have to agree to only post while drinking beers together after a hard days work. Maybe we can all agree on the beer before hand, like a book club with alcohol.
** You can also subscribe to Global Skiing on iTunes.
Edited by Tim Hodgson - 8/28/16 at 9:25am