(Bob, thank you for the warm welcome. I tried to send you an individual reply and discovered your mail box is full and my words were lost in cyberspace.
I learned about this site from a fellow instructor who sent me a link to read your post about "perfect turns". I admit it took me 2-3 reads to really GET IT, but well worth it.)
I responded to this topic of "splitting" because I felt the discussion had gotten bogged down with "how to split". In traditional teaching models "what" and "why" come before "how", so I asked "why".
I then digressed into aspects of being an instructor and teaching. I'd like to build on this point and I'd appreciate your feedback. I can post as a new topic, if folks feel it's warranted.
I believe in the "learning food chain" OR "you're a product of your instruction". So, I think there is a large responsibility within ski schools to do a better job of teaching instructors.
WOW, that's a bold statement.
Allow me to explain:
As instructors we have an empty toolbox and through clinics we fill our toolbox.
Clinicians show us:
- what a tool is
- how to use the tool
- when to use the tool
- why to use the tool (theoretically)
Some instructors are true craftsmen - in addition to knowing exactly what to do with their tools, they also know some "tricks" and workarounds. They can adapt a tool to a situation or they can think of a new use for a tool. These folks keep an open mind and are flexible, therefore finding creative solutions.
I spent my first 3 years as an instructor at Waterville Valley, which is lucky enough to have 3 PSIA-E examiners on staff to run clinics. My favorite is a guy named Dutch. He is a craftsman.BUT, instructors aren't taught how to be a "Dutch".
Therefore, I wish there were more clinics that focused on instructional skills:
- What is the "perfect instructor" and how do they (use):
+ Questioning Techniques
+ Movement Analysis
+ Adapt "exercises"
+ Delivery Models
to restate:So, I think there is a large responsibility within ski schools to do a better job of teaching instructors.
Why? (ah my favorite question [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] )
- New instructors are developed by the ski school that hires them.
- The concentration is to fill the new instructor's tool box quickly and to get them working.
- Who does the new instructor typically teach?
- A lot of never-ever and novices (the people we need to seduce into the sport of skiing).
And, what is the potential risk?
I leave you all with that thought/question...
have a great day,