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Teaching Systems

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In the old days, just as I was getting dragged into teaching riding, I perceived that the US teaching system for snowboarding involved 5 basic tenets:
1) This is a toe side turn
2) This is a heel side turn
3) That's a slam - don't do that
4) Point to where you want to go
5) Go have fun, you'll figure out the rest of it soon enough
I know that's wrong, but that history is before my time.

Currently, the official AASI Snowboard Teaching System is composed of:
The riding model
Movement and performance concepts
Learning concepts
Teaching concepts
Service concepts

The riding model describes levels of riding as
a) Basic skidded and carved turns where the body is basically in upright stance
b) Dynamic skidded and carved turns and where there are different angles between the lower and upper body
c) 180's, switch and carving
d) a branching out into freestyle, freeride and alpine carving "styles" of riding

The movement and performance concepts involve 2 fundamental movements (rotation and flexion/extension) and 4 performance concepts (edge angle, torsional flex [different edge angles at tip and tail], rotation and pressure distribution).

The riding model and the movement and performance concepts describe WHAT AASI trained instructors teach to their students.

How do other teaching systems compare and contrast?
post #2 of 6
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Come on Vlad, we're waiting ......
post #3 of 6
teaching: it's not what you teach, but rather,
how you teach it. two instructors could teach precisely what you outlined above, and still teach two absolutely opposite lessons.
post #4 of 6
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How do other organizations (e.g. Canadian, Czech) teaching systems compare and contrast? If AASI is so horrible, what do the other guys do better?
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by vlad
teaching: it's not what you teach, but rather,
how you teach it.
Well, I didn't want to copy the entire AASI manual. And the AASI learning, teaching and service concepts are not that much different from what PSIA preaches. Translating those concepts into a specific "how" one teaches an individual lesson is where the "art" of teaching comes into play. How does one document the combination of psychology, entertainment, humor, demonstration, movement analysis, feedback, time, safety and group management etc. etc.?? Man if I knew how to do this, I'd be a kick ass staff trainer.
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