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The Goal of Instruction

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
Mermer Blakeslee, a master ski teacher if there ever was one, once said that the goal of instruction is to enlarge the student's vision of the sport and themselves in it. Bonni sent me a card of a kitten looking in a mirror with the image of a lion reflecting back at her. It made me think--maybe the instructor's primary task is to be the mirror.

If you were to boil it down to one bullet statement, what would you say is the goal of instruction?
post #2 of 37
Hmmm.... One bullet, eh? I'll take a shot.

The goal of the instructor is (or should be)...

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Lots of options and opportunities there, of course, and different for each student!
Best regards,
Bob
post #3 of 37
Not a lot of room for a shot there! But, some days I feel more like the Lion in the Wizard of Oz.

That's not quite what you had in mind is it?
post #4 of 37
The instructors role is to simplify learning as much as possible and minimize the time it takes to learn what needs to be learned.
post #5 of 37
Here's my shot:

Safety, Fun and Learning.
post #6 of 37
An instructor's goal is facilitating a partnership in which the guest can learn the techniques and tactics needed to feel better about their skiing.
post #7 of 37
Thread Starter 
It's a tough challenge to top these, I agree...
post #8 of 37
For the instructor to learn as much as possible.
post #9 of 37
To put that smile on the students face. In other words to discover and fulfill the students desires in taking the lesson whatever they may be.

Yd
post #10 of 37
To allow the student to look back on the run and think "wow I just did that!!!" with a smile on their face.
post #11 of 37
Create a season long book of big tipping clients
post #12 of 37
My goal as an instructor is to add more facets to the mirror so my students can see something in themselves they've never seen before, from a view point they've never been to before. And to hopefully have that rub off on myself in the process. That's :
post #13 of 37
Good one, Ric B!
post #14 of 37
Shatter the mirror and allow them to learn how to trust their own sensations while offering encouragement and mutual learning dialogue.
post #15 of 37
To facilitate an experience that not only meets but exceeds guests' expectations of themselves, their instructor and the sport.
post #16 of 37
The ultimate goal of any teacher should be to do themselves out of a job.

[ November 05, 2003, 12:46 AM: Message edited by: Wear the fox hat ]
post #17 of 37
Foster a perpetual learning process that is both independant of, and in synergy with the instructor.
post #18 of 37
Thread Starter 
Is it not strange that no one has mentioned the parallel turn?
post #19 of 37
Hmmmmm. After taking careful aim....

I SHOW PEOPLE HOW TO PLAY IN THE SNOW.

Spag :
post #20 of 37
I's like to offer some favorite quotes:

Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
--Albert Einstein

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think
-- Socrates

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
-- Albert Einstein

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
-- William Arthur Ward

and... my personal favorite:

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

(I think he meant women, too [img]tongue.gif[/img] )

kiersten
post #21 of 37
Quote:
Originally posted by Wear the fox hat:
The ultimate goal of any teacher should be to do themselves out of a job.
Good goal, impossible to achieve. I have yet to meet somebody who has nothing left to learn.
post #22 of 37
Don't try to bend the spoon... that's impossible. Try instead to realize that there is no spoon.

- Be-robed, Freaky bald-headed kid in "The Matrix" -

(that has nothing to do with anything. Keili's post made me think of it [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] )

Spag :
post #23 of 37
wait a second...

how am I getting blamed for this diversion???

kiersten
post #24 of 37
Quote:
Originally posted by nolo:


If you were to boil it down to one bullet statement, what would you say is the goal of instruction?
to help people develop: physically; psychologically, socially.
post #25 of 37
Red Rocket, that sounds like the CAP model to me. Nice one.
Cognitive, Affective, Physical


LU
post #26 of 37
Thread Starter 
How about this: Students want to grow through their time spent with you. They desire a learning experience that nourishes them in all three essential areas of human growth: cognitive, affective, and physical.

Because the whole person combines an Intellectual Self + Physical Self + Emotional Self + Spiritual Self, the learning experience needs to provide Knowledge + Achievement + Relationship + Excitement

(Notes from a talk at PSIA National Academy by Kevin Kehoe)
post #27 of 37
Quote:
Originally posted by nolo:
How about this: Students want to grow through their time spent with you. They desire a learning experience that nourishes them in all three essential areas of human growth: cognitive, affective, and physical.
Hmmmmmm... I am still thinking about this statement. I agree with it, in general terms, but not as an absolute. I put on my "learner" cap and think about how I like to learn - what I want from a learning experience...

Because I teach, I know exactly how I learn, how I want my information, what works for me - yadda yadda... and I see "instructors" as my gateway to the knowledge or the experience. I want the instructor to give me access to the stuff I want... but, I feel like I am in charge of my learning, therefore I am fulfilling my own needs. And, if an instructor tries to take the control of my learning from me - I get very irritated. hahaha

That being said, I do believe that many learners don't have the same attitude as the one that I have just expressed - so that's why I say that I agree in general - that it's an idealogy that will work with some - potentially many - but not all.

Thanks for challenging me with that one - I really needed to take the time to consider how I feel about that view!

kiersten
post #28 of 37
nolo,

Where do you dream up this stuff?
post #29 of 37
As an instructor I received my biggest tip for walking a labrador around the fire pit and making interesting conversation over a nice long lunches at the Grand with beautiful wealthy women.

BE the instructor ............. but follow the lead.

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #30 of 37
Quote:
Originally posted by man from Oz:
As an instructor I received my biggest tip for walking a labrador around the fire pit and making interesting conversation over a nice long lunches at the Grand with beautiful wealthy women.

BE the instructor ............. but follow the lead.

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
& you gave this up????

silly boy!.... (not the dog walking )
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