[quote=Bob Barnes/Colorado;783204]Wow, SkiDude--
The fact is, as many of us here have suggested, it is
those very interelationships that are most important in teaching. You simply cannot pick one component as "the most important one" in teaching skiing. I'm getting repetitive now, but I'll say it again anyway--you could not possibly be an effective instructor, no matter how extensive your knowledge of any one of the fields you listed, if that was all you had to offer.
And that's why I'll stick to my original answer--if I had to pick one attribute that uniiversally applies to all great instructors, it is the passion they share for learning. It's that passion and curiosity that leads them to explore all the fields of expertise that go into the art of ski teaching--and to continue to learn, forever. And even there, without the empathy, love of sharing, and genuine joy when students succeed that others have mentioned, all that knowledge will not suffice.
You just cannot pick "one thing" as "the most important," since, without the others, it won't be important at all.
Very on point! Ditto.
[quote=Skidude72;783086]There has been some intresting points raised:
and probably in my view the best "cause and effect"
becuase it really covers it all....
I feel I should make a few points thou....
My point of starting this thread was nothing really....I suppose I could argue that perhaps it would set a good discussion to discuss the interelationships of the many things that make a good instructor...ie X is most important becuase ABC...response: Yes but, to teach X you need to understand Y....which then, but yes, but for Y you need G...which may then become, but for G you X...which is ski teaching....
The following is Not a criticism of this thread because I think it is a good question and evokes some very different answers which leads to discussion which leads to ideas etc. etc.
When pointing out ABC and X leads to Y you/we enter into a pattern of thinking/teaching? that originally lead me to list EMPATHY as my one answer (and of course I agree there is not one answer).
When we are talking about ski instruction - Teaching PEOPLE to ski!. We are talking about human behavior whether psychological, physical or otherwise. When discussing human behavior A does not always lead to C because F may come into play before B when we are talking about this particular individual. All individuals are different, they allow different stimuli through and are directly and indirectly affected by literally thousands of life experiences, some good, some bad etc. Without writing an essay on human behavior and profiles EMPATHY becomes paramount to understand sincerely the PEOPLE we are helping to ski.
There are Ski Instructors out there that are technical junkies and wouldn't ever recognize; fear, anxiety, lack of confidence, etc. Mechanics of the ski turn, human body, snow, camber, ski flex and ski length do not always connect to the problem but a sincere understanding (empathy) of the person will go a long way when dealing with people. Some of the biggest (sometimes tragic) mistakes I have seen and experienced were made when leader/supervisor/instructor did F because it came aftrer ABCDE - when he/she ignored X as an alternative that was out of the lesson plan but in actuality was a better answer to the human behavior that was demonstrated.
Sorry for me being windy. Human Behavor - An Endless Number of Variables (SCM 1991)