I don't know if anyone will be interested but I'm nearing the end of a multi-year experiment related to ideal teaching methods as applied to a beginner.
Several years ago I talked a non-athletic client into giving skiing a go. After much discussion we agreed that I'd teach him to ski if he would be a guinea pig for some pretty odd experiments in teaching/learning.
He's only gone up once a year until this last year, when he went up twice. I wont go into the Pattern details taught but will say that after a detailed explanation of each specific movement pattern he only gets one
brief demo, and then gets only one
try at it. If he's successful, we continue (briefly) with an opportunity to gain some comfort with that pattern. If not immediately successful (first try) we move on to a new movement pattern (hopefully one completely un-related with the last).
This lets me isolate exactly
what movement pattern actually worked for him right out of the box and also lets me know exactly
actually produced the most transfer of understanding in a brief verbal exchange. Because he only skis once or twice a season, he doesn't get a chance to practice nor build up any familiarity with the terminology nor skiing itself - and thus remains a good "beginner" with only a newbies knowledge of skiing.
Last spring was his fifth (?) time skiing. After lunch we were on varied Blue terrain in soft spring snow - and he was making pretty good Open Parallel turns, hockey stops, short and medium radius turns. I hope to do some video of him this season, then move on to regular teaching progressions (as he's getting to know too much).
When this is complete, I'm hoping to take all the specific training segments that proved highly-effective to him and use them to quickly train another never-ever friend from scratch over a short period of several weeks. I also hope to have this second guinea pig skiing Dynamic Parallel down Upper International by the end of his first season...