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GCT 201

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I just took the Guest Centered Teaching 201 course. In light of the thread started by SCSA I wanted to post my thoughts.

I think it is fantastic. Thr grid is remarkable. It is simple. It is easy to pass along to instructors. I was very impressed.It will make me a better teacher. It is exceedingly thought provoking.

There are folks at PSIA who are working very hard to improve ski teaching. In this case, they have succeeded marvelously.
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Hi Rusty--

Where did you take the GCT course? If you at Steamboat, I'm sorry I missed you. I was there, with the GCT and Skiing 301 group, which I split with our esteemed friend, Chris Easton.

For those who are curious, "GCT" stands for "Guest Centered Teaching," which is the name of a new model for teaching that we are flirting with in the Rocky Mountain Division of PSIA. It really isn't anything new. Indeed, it was developed by the Winter Park Ski School, in conjunction with Kim Peterson (yes, SCSA, the same Kim Peterson who has worked with Harald Harb). Kim and the Winter Park trainers developed the program by analyzing what the best, most successful instructors they could find did, so it clearly is nothing "new." But it is an excellent and very simple model for developing and understanding great teaching.

The GCT model (which is a trademark of Winter Park, by-the-way) is based on the obvious fact that if we instructors can meet the needs, expectations, and goals of our students, the lesson cannot fail (and that if we FAIL to meet their needs, it cannot succeed). And before we can address the needs of the student, of course, we must IDENTIFY those needs.

Based on the "CAP" model (cognitive, affective, and psychomotor) of educational objectives, the GCT Model recognizes that needs fall into the categories of Motivational needs, Understanding needs, and Movement needs.

The GCT clinics, such as the GCT 201 that Rusty just attended, include some great exercises to help instructors become more proficient at both identifying needs and facilitating needs, in all three categories. The clinics help instructors identify especially those sometimes not-so-obvious non-movement-related needs, helping instructors overcome the sometimes-erroneous assumption that the only reason students take lessons is to learn to make a better turn.

Anyway, Rusty, I'm glad you had a good experience. I think the GCT model is going to produce some great results.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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By-the-way--for those interested, the snow at Steamboat is absolutely FIRST-RATE! They have far more snow than Summit County or Vail--probably the best in the state, at the moment. It certainly met my "needs"!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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I'm hoping to do GCT as part of my exam prep. Missed out on the clinics at Copper, I've tried to enrol in the Beaver Creek ones. If I miss out on those, doing my cert this year will be tricky as the other clinics are at resorts I can't get to (being a non car person).

Very keen to do GCT, as we do tend to assume that the student is just taking a lesson to improve, but their perceptions of that and an instructor's are totally different.
Although I still don't know what to do with these people who enrol in a first timer lesson expecting to be able to schuss Schoolmarm after 2.5 hours, yet they have trouble holding a wedge. Somehow they are getting the idea that skiing is like a theme park ride, a few tips and it's easy. Still working on that one!

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Somehow they are getting the idea that skiing is like a theme park ride, a few tips and it's easy. Still working on that one!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I wonder where that came from?

Been watching the Winter-X Games? I was trying to come up with an analogy: it's like a video game. The racers look like cyber-people, the downhill derby with big air and tricks format is fashioned after a video game, and their big wrecks (ooh, the sex change rail!) are entertaining to the crowd (gladiators before the gapers in the Coliseum). One gets the idea that the victims don't feel any "real" pain, though the commentators are all over it: Ooh! Ahh! Ouch!

From a guest satisfaction survey of beginners after lessons: "I found skiing to be a lot harder than I thought."
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GCT is not new. It has been around for awhile. It is also know as Guest Centered Instruction, developed by Kim Peterson and PMTS, copyright 1998. During this period, it has been refined very high degree. I use it all of the time. It is part of my training and a strong part of my lesson plan. Good luck to all tha use it.
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