fyi, in PSIA-W for the Nordic Downhill certification (ie Telemark)... we *DO* get to teach a live student for 30 mins as part of our teaching exam. i personally do *much* better with a real student vs. peer teaching or hypothetical teaching.... and in the 2 times that i have had to do this (my prep course and exam), it is what nailed a PASS for me.
this past Sunday at Mammoth, we had a live student for four Telemark Level 2 candidates. i got to go third out of four of us... which was good and bad. i originally did my MA first thing in the morning on the student, and in the course of two 1/2 hour lessons with the previous candidates, the student made some great improvements. so when it was my turn (i was not allowed to observe their previous lessons....), i started with a lesson plan focusing on a particular skill, which the other candidates had drilled the student to death with and the student had learned by now. so after 5-10 mins, i switched up my lesson plan and focused on the next skill i would have taught the student.
i got dinged for NOT redoing a MA on the student before starting my lesson plan. that *was* my bad.... but with only 30 mins, i really wanted to maximize our teaching time. either way, i figured it out quickly, changed my plan slightly, did more skiing with the student (which the other candidates hadn't done), and put together another progression which immediately had a positive affect.
anyhoo, enough rambling.... for me, i believe live student teaching is an awesome idea. no fake scenarios, contrived situations, etc.... just on-the-spot teaching, communicating, demoing, skiing, and having a good time. that's what it's about right?!?!?