Originally Posted by lennyblake
Are you sure you're not overterraining them? If that could be case, try building some muscle memory on easier terrain first, then give them some incentive to stay out of the wedge on harder terrain.
REMEMBER, keep it fun, otherwise any kid will simply blow you off, and do it the way they want to, without all the work.
As a member of our hill's Kids' Clininc Staff, I have to agree with Lenny's concern here. If you tried thumpers, scissors turns/Paddle turns/step turns on the right level of comfortable terrain, then it will work. I have not seen it fail. The failure of the drill is typically due to terrain selection for those few that appear stubborn.
Remember this, New trick- Old Terrain, old tricks - new terrain. Try those step turns in very flat runout terrain and see if that doesn't help make improvements. Also remember to temper your expectations to those the children themselves possess afterall if the become afraid in the least little bit (speed, steepness, view, etc) then they WILL revert to survival mode, and you will see them in a stuborn wedge. Once you change your paradigm you will look to where the fear maybe coming from and address that to facilitate more rapid learning.
For example, one little tiny 5 year old girl this past weekend, when she became afraid and began crying for her mother, I quietly and kindly took her aside and explained at her eye level that she would see her mother at the end of the lesson and that I had a job to do which require that I keep her with the other children and then I asked her if she would help me do my job. Wow would you know it, she stopped crying and began grinning, I can only guess at the prospect of being included by a big person in helping me do my job, it gained me her cooperation and she was distracted from whatever else she imganied she was afraid of. Just another trick for your bag, not going to always work.