my scores were this
12/16 on the teaching
and 80 percent on the written.
I passed woo hoo!!
here is a detailed report
I did not study at all for this. My only preparations have been teaching alot of lessons, alot of instructor clinics that I ran, and reading on epic.
Let me first state I hate the exam format. The issue with it the people arent real, and without being real its very hard to connect to something thats not really there. even though I passed 3 outta of 4 examiners I feel I teach much better lessons when I am actually just teaching REAL people. I actually felt so bad I was sure I was going to fail as I told JRN on the end of day one. That mindset of already being out of the running may have actually helped me get though Day 2. On day 2 I was alot more relaxed and did alot more things that I would actually use in 'real' lessons.
Day 1 Module one "Creative Teaching"
the skier profile I drew was this
"middle aged doctor who want to ski softer deep snow on his trip out west"
"dynamic parallel with a pivot point ahead of the boot"
yeah so I was suppose to correct a rotary problem while creatively relating to a middle aged doctor who apparently has no hobbies or other interest other than being a doctor. the ironic things was I have taught this exact lesson before but to be honest, he is a dynamic parallel skier his hobby is skiing!! On the lift I actually called up my client Rich who I taught how to ski powder and ask him what the most important thing he learned from me was. He response was a drill I like to call the "the visable fall line drill". then I asked him how could I related to that to a doctor. He had no clue and neither did I.
Going back to original 'problem" of a pivot point being ahead of the boot I could fix that and IMO the guy still couldnt ski powder or I could talk about and show constant COM movement which not only tends to get people to ski powder and other rough conditions better but also tend to fix 'rotary" problems with out ever teaching rotary.
Going to shorter this alot but basically I pretended on of the other candidates was the doctor and ask him this.
"where are we going while we ski"
"down the hill!!"
"thats right lets learn how to always ski down the hill"
I drew a line straight into the fallline on a blue slope, and then talked about how when we ski powder we always want to ski the fall line and how we always want to keep our bodies moving down the hill with the fall line.
I then demoed how we were going to make symmetrical turns down the fallline and focus on the fallline and keep moving our bodys along the fall line.
Its amazing what changes in peoples skiing when they do the "Ski the line the drill". COM movment is constant and flowing, which then makes the skis get up on edge right in the fallline, it also tends to cause people to square up to hill and even causes retractions turns with out ever talking about it.
Ironically the group actually improved their own skiing with this drill. Being that I have taught this I know it works, I also know it wasnt creative at all. i couldnt creatively relate this concept to a doctor with no other know hobbies or interest and I wouldnt change a thing in my Method of operation in a actual lesson.
the examiner asks me this
"how did this creatively relate to the fact the skier was a middle aged doctor"
"The doctor is a dynamic parallel skier, his hobby is skiing, this lesson has worked in the past, I wouldnt try to be creative because I feel the that creativety here would convolute the actual easily understandable idea. If that fails me I am ok with it.
I did fail him, and I was ok with it. Like I said the exam format is whack and I wouldnt change how I taught that lesson to a real skier. Chances are Id have much more to go on than 'middle aged doctor" in a real lesson as well.
At the end of the exam(after day 2) he actually commented that the line drill was more creative drills he had seen and is something he himself might start to use. He said thank you and I understand that I didnt relate to the doctor enough to pass.
Day 1 module 2
this is going to be alot more shorter then the first right up.
I really like this, I actually failed this at L2 but this time around I was much better prepared.
This module for alot of the exam was run as open forum and with only a little time of being 'in the hot seat'
when it was my turn in the hot seat I was asked to MA 2 of my peers doing lane changes. they both had noticeable edge set at the bottom of their turns and werent making dynamic turns because of it. I felt that even though their poles use was decent it could have been better, and had a chance of moving their bodies down the hills. I talked about how our poles should always be moving to helps us move our COM into our next turn. simply enough while coaching within the tasks I asked them to start their pole swing as soon they finished thier last pole plant. The skiing got noticeably better and I guess that coupled with my Movement Analysis of the general public we did thoughout the afternoon was enough for 4 passes.
teaching children and youth module is next.
Edited by BushwackerinPA - 3/8/2009 at 08:46 pm