Originally Posted by nolo
I hear this a lot from instructors. I wonder if students think the mismatch compromised their experience, despite the skill of the instructor to paper over it.
When I ponder this, I think it's a toss up as to who's at fault when a student walks away from a group lesson dissatisfied because of varied skill level.
When I've had group lessons, I listen and watch when the instructor is addressing the other students, but my focus is mainly on my needs and what the instructor is teaching me. As long as I maintain that focus, I don't think another student will affect my lesson. So, when I hear skiers complain about a lesson because of the other students, I have to wonder if their lack of focus played a role in that situation.
As to the instructor, my first thought is that a good instructor, in any "group" setting, will teach to the needs of each student. I think we can agree that in groups that are perfectly matched in terms of skill, student's strengths and weaknesses differ. If the instructor can't address these differing needs, he or she will likely teach a poor "group" lesson. When I have 20 baseball players on the field at a practice, it's basically a large group lesson. If I don't have the ability to address the group yet focus on the individual, I'm not going to be very successful in my efforts.