>... An in-depth understanding of skiing might make you a better teacher but only if you can distill all the information into short, clear, non-technical explanations and use effective teaching methodology--along with a big dose of FUN! ...
WORD !!! I never speak in such technical detail to clients, and even to other instructors, I do so only rarely. It just isn't necessary & isn't appropriate.
----->... But in the summer, watching Physicsman and Fastman debating with Daslider was the only ski-related fun to be had! ...
Fortunately, the temperature and humidity are dropping, and I just got my "Returning Instructor Packet" in the mail, so I'm a lot less ornry than I am in the summer. In addition, teaching at university has started up again, so you probably won't be seeing many 300 message threads from me till next summer.
----->... There be two ways a ski instructor can talk- The way the talk to everyday skiers and the way the talk to other instructors. Mixing up the two can be bad. When listening, be sure to know which mode the speaker is in. When speaking, be sure to know what mode the listerner is in. ...
WORD !!! (once again). A great, concise comment.
Tom / PM
PS - The DaSlider incident frustrated Fastman terribly, and gave him such a bad taste about technical discussions on Epic that he has not returned. Because of his love of teaching & coaching people who want to learn, Fastman put a huge ammt of time, thought, and effort into constructing replies and explanations that daSlider would hopefully understand. When the evidence started to mount that daSlider was a crafty and malicious fellow who was intentionally being obtuse (and doing so in such a way that wouldn't be obvious to someone who was only casually following the discussion), this really bothered Fastman. The net result was that we on EpicSki lost the knowledge and experience Fastman could bring to any skiing discussion. I sincerely hope he will one day return.
PS#2 - For the record, I make the above laudatory statement about Fastman just on the basis of his insightful and well constructed messages he posted on Epic. I have never met Fastman, never have spoken to him on the phone, and don't even remember his real name (although I think he mentioned it once in a post).