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.