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Thread Starter 
I don't want to generate any controversy with this post, but I imagine some will take offense. I am very much aware of the requirements to pass PSIA Level 2 Teaching.
Is there a list of the 15 (14 if you don't count the one given to you in the book) teaching tasks with an acceptable progression for each? I personally have nothing new to bring to those tasks, I don't know why I can't just memorize something (yes, I will also use my interpretation and observation skills).
post #2 of 7
Each division of PSIA has its own task alignment. Which division are you taking your exam in?
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
I'm in seattle, psia nw. I'm not trying to cheat, I'm just bored with my own thoughts.
post #4 of 7
I am in the intermountain division and the list of tasks is on the website. Look at your list and come up with some progressions and tasks, then bounce your ideas off your trainers before the assesment.

Good Luck
post #5 of 7
Sonny,

It looks like you have not generated any controversy. Hopefully I can share some insight. You asked why you can't "just memorize something" to pass level 2. The answer is level 2 is not that kind of test. Level 2 is more than just a test of memory or even understanding of ski teaching topics. It's about testing your ability to translate that understanding into a high quality lesson experience for your students. PSIA's emphasis on student centered lessons means that it is your job to bring something new to every lesson. The level 2 exam is more about your ability to recognize the specific needs of your students and to custom design a solution for them than your ability to memorize a cookbook set of instructions for common problems.
post #6 of 7
While Rusty's comments are certainly true, I think sonny has a legitimate, albeit not well formed, idea. Each level 2 student is expected to bring at least 3 drills in a progression for each of the various topics...and possible others that are thrown in. While it isn't a good idea to 'memorize' the answers to the teaching section, it isn't a bad idea to develop a list of 3 or more suggested progressions for the topics.

I don't see that as short-cutting the exam process, but rather as providing a good tool for aspiring instructors.
post #7 of 7
Here is the NW list of suggested topics:

These topics represent possible teaching scenarios. The examiner is not limited to these topics.
1. Build confidence in turning, stopping and speed control in level 2-3 skiers.

2. Introduce basic parallel turns on gentle terrain to level 6 skiers.

3. Introduce pole action and a pole touch to assist turning for level 5-6 skiers.

4. Explore the differences between a gliding wedge and a braking wedge in level 2-3 skiers.

5. Encourage progressive edging to minimize skidding and enhance turn shape in level 6-7 skiers.

6. Teach level 5-6 skiers to vary turn shape for speed control.

7. Introduce turning to level 2 skiers.

8. Introduce gentle bumps to level 6-7 skiers.

9. Introduce skating skills to level 4-5 skiers and relate those movements to basic skiing skills.

10. Encourage an earlier weight shift in level 5-6 skiers.

11. Encourage more active use of the inside ski for earlier matching in level 5-6 skiers.

12. Encourage an understanding of pole action in short turns versus medium to long turns in level 6-7 skiers.

13. Encourage necessary skills for introduction to steeper terrain to level 3-4 skiers.

14. Develop the necessary skills to help a level 3-4 skier who continually crosses their ski tips when turning.

15. Improve turning skills in a level 5-6 skier who initiates turns by leaning the inside should into the turn and over-rotates the hips to finish.
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