Kiersten - to add to your research
|What are you? Have you ever thought about it?
I consider myself neither a pusher nor a puller. Based on my students needs (60% level 1, 30% level 2-3) I end up pushing about 75% of the time. So you can call me a pusher, I guess. Rush does. He took all my oxycontin.
|WHY do you teach the way you do?
Because I don't know any better, it works, I get good feedback and it's fun! Most of the time. I know I need to get wayyyyy better. There are no bad students. If I think I have a bad student, it's only because I did not teach them right. Take what works, throw out what doesn't, steal from everybody, repeat the cycle.
- - facilitator - person who makes things happen easier
- coach - monitors, guides, helps set goals
- teacher - focuses more on knowledge
- trainer - focuses more on physical methods; synonymous with coach
- instructor - synonymous with teacher</font>
|what is YOUR role in a lesson? for what are you responsible?
I'm responsible for safety, fun and learning. To misquote The Matrix, there is no role, there is only your students and yourself. There are so many roles, it's an injustice to attempt to list them (father, mother, uncle, nanny, entertainer, guide, zen master, god, tailor, mechanic, salesman, translator, chump).
With regards to ulterior motives...
Aside from normal guided discovery, occaisonally an alien called "Evil Rusty" descends our slopes. Some of Evil Rusty's accomplishments include an introduction to the worst conditions ever and assigning a progression that starts right at the threshold of ability and then asks the victim to pierce through the threshold just to the other side (i.e. identifying the soft spots by poking at them with a stick instead of a cattle prod). Evil Rusty always assigns tasks that seem eminently doable, but turn out to be impossible (or in the YIKES zone) and then shows that the impossible can be done. The requested tasks almost always agitate and irritate, but ALWAYS spark motivation. Evil Rusty sessions are hard and fun. ER sessions ALWAYS raise the YIKES zone level. The best feedback from an ER session:
To do "evil" sessions, your victims must know you and you must know your victims. The conditions need to be just right and your victim(s) needs to be "ready" for an evil session. One nice thing about ER sessions, is that when you advertise one ahead of time, high expectations are set. Another nice thing is that when "real students" (again those that know you - not people off the street) are wary of a lesson, when you tell them it won't be an evil lesson/clinic you really boost trust and relaxation. To do effective evil sessions, people must know that they are only for special occaisions. If you can get your victims to swear and make nasty remarks about your lineage, you've done it. If they soil their clothing, you've gone too far.
For example, there are some at our mountain who fear our toughest run called Bold Decision (aka Bad Decision). But on the days when there is fresh powder on it or it's freshly groomed, it's an order of magnitude easier to ski. That's the time to grab someone and introduce them to that run for the first time. Trust me, it's easy today. You're ready. And a great time is had by all. But the macho guys who call it Babies Decision (with the Arnold [aww-node] accent) really need Evil Rusty to send them straight down the foggy zipper line when the death cookies are fresh from the oven and the bumps have old ski tracks flash frozen into them. Zer iz no zuch ting az unskiable! Eat bark - you need more fiber!
My two ulterior motives are to create more smiles and occaisonally see a light bulb turn on. Thanks Kiersten, it's topics like these that put more arrows in my quiver.