Originally Posted by ssh
The frightening thing for me when we discuss all of this is that I believe that I have more awareness than many of the folks that I have had the pleasure to teach. That tells me that I need to be mindful that they are not going to have the body awareness of a RicB, BigE, or (obviously) a Deb Armstrong. Instead, they probably have no real awareness of how they are creating edge angles (or not) or pressuring their skis.
So, how do we help them connect the dots?
How to help connect the dots is the $64,000 question. Personaly I will try anything and everything to get my students relaxed, moving and playing with things that hopefully will elicit changes in what they feel and do, and help them make connections between what they do and how the ski works.
To quote a wise woman from her book on tai chi, "tai chi is not fragile". I think good skiing as well as good teaching is the same. It's not precious and it won't break if we go outside of the norm or try it differently. To me this is were discovery lies, outside of what we are alredy doing.
In the end Steve, I don't have any better handle on it that you or anyone else who takes their soprt and teaching to heart. I did get the "I make stuff up" award this spring at our ski school banquet. I guess that is like saying, "I slept in a holiday inn last night" though. Later, RicB.