|Originally posted by epic:
To call myself an instructor at this point may be going a little too far, but I did do the Stowe hiring clinic this weekend, and I will be teaching kids to ski this winter. I can hardly wait! On snow stuff starts Dec. 7th. I'll be working on bagging a big buck until then.
Congratulations and welcome to the ranks. Teaching children can be a blast but I am sure the area will put you in a hard working pecking order to start with. Dragging rug rats can be smiles so keep smiling even when it appears all is lost. Your approach is forming the skier of the future and possibly the next president.
As a person who coaches children I would suggest you find a copy of PSIA-E Teaching Guide For Children’s Instructors. You are in the right area of the country to find a copy. PSIA also has a manual titled Children’s Instruction. It is OK but not as good as the other.
Secondly try and remember children are literal. That does not mean you have to speak “down” to them it just means “follow me” may get some pretty weird results along with “go that way” etc. Sometimes they just don’t understand anything but” turn until you and your belly button are pointed toward the big building”. Now you hope and pray that works.
Have a great time this winter and by the way watch out for frostbite. Not on you but on them! In the East it can sneak up real quick and then what RAIN! [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]
P.S. I carry "pop" suckers with me as a reward but check with the parents 1st. They look like "foolers" for teething babies. Parents will be the hardest part of the job so talk to them early and often as they want you![ October 23, 2002, 04:20 PM: Message edited by: John Cole ]