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CSIA level 2 teaching

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Can anyone give me advice on doing the teaching part of the exam for CSIA level 2? In particular how to teach wedge serpentine and parallel serpentine. All input welcome.
post #2 of 4
The most important part of this exam is your ability to assess (the student) and develop (the student) - referred to as A&D.

Make your assessment and development skill related (relate it back to one of the 5 skills - you should know these like the back of your hand).

For the developemnt feedback to the student - give them a feeling, a part of the body, related to a specific part of the turn. Mention the skill you are working on.

eg: "I want to develop your stance & balance (this is the skill you are relating to and working on). At the start of the turn (draw a picture in the show to show where you mean) I want you to feel equal pressure on both balls of your feet as you return to neutral."

Make sure you know the correct terminology. For example, parallel serpentine is no longer a current lesson. It's now "Intermediate parallel".
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks veeeight. I've got the CSIA manual from last year I think but it seems the terminology has changed since then - guess they no longer call it wedge serpentine either. So I'm thinking I probably need to plan at least a couple of skill development exercises for each lesson - not sure how long you get to teach for in the exam so wondering if this will be enough or to plan on including more. I've been told that the majority of the lesson time should be spent on assessment and development.
post #4 of 4
It's been few years since I did my 2, but I don't think they've changed it much. It's less an exam and more of a continual assessment over the 5 days. You will end up teaching a lesson that's your "evaluation lesson" but they look at the teaching you've done over the whole course, so there's some leeway if you goof a little. Typically the lesson won't be very long, usually 15 mins or less, you get time for a quick assessment and a drill to develop. Once the examiner sees what's needed, he'll usually cut it off there and ask where you'd go from there. I've also seen some examiners give a second shot to some of the group who didn't do as well, if there's sufficient time (obviously this depends on the examiner, group, and time, so don't count on it).

I wouldn't worry too much about the 2 teaching. It is a big step up from the 1, but they give you everything that you need to know on course, and they should tell you fairly clearly what they're looking for. It's not that hard to go in cold turkey and pass (I've known several people who have done it without any previous teaching experience aside from a level 1 csia or cscf).
Having said that, by all means work on your teaching, but I would strongly warn you away from choosing a fixed progression for each of the possible lessons. Know some useful drills (multiple ones for each incase somebody uses the one you had in mind before your turn), and have a general idea of progression. Examiners don't like to see people teaching a pre-planned lesson, and if they think you are, they'll likely throw a wrench into the works in order to see if you can adapt.

Good luck!
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