OK, I'm such a nerd, I proudly admit I like to read the dictionary for fun!
I ask you check out all the possible meanings (listed below) of the word "strong" that came up in an online dictionary!!!
What a minefield this communication thing is, eh? Probably explains the anti-verbal bias thing. Minefields aren't so much fun! I do feel that words (especially, tricky ones, should be used with extreme caution in ski teaching. That being said however, I would like to state that I see a need for using them correctly and taking the time to check for understanding.
What I was trying to describe when I used the word "strong" in regard to my own skiing goals (really an emotional thing)was a blend of #3 and #12 below.
1. Physically powerful; capable of exerting great physical force.
2. Marked by great physical power: a strong blow to the head.3. In good or sound health; robust: a strong constitution; a strong heart.
4. Economically or financially sound or thriving: a strong economy.
5. Having force of character, will, morality, or intelligence: a strong personality.
6. Having or showing ability or achievement in a specified field: students who are strong in chemistry.
7. Capable of the effective exercise of authority: a strong leader.
8. Capable of withstanding force or wear; solid, tough, or firm: a strong building; a strong fabric.
9. Having great binding strength: a strong adhesive.
10. Not easily captured or defeated: a strong flank; a strong defense.
11. Not easily upset; resistant to harmful or unpleasant influences: strong nerves; a strong stomach.12. Having force or rapidity of motion: a strong current.
13. Persuasive, effective, and cogent: a strong argument.
14. Forceful and pointed; emphatic: a strong statement.
15. Forthright and explicit, often offensively so: strong language.
16. Extreme; drastic: had to resort to strong measures.
17. Having force of conviction or feeling; uncompromising: strong faith; a strong supporter.
18. Intense in degree or quality: a strong emotion; strong motivation.
19. Having an intense or offensive effect on the senses: strong light; strong vinegar; strong cologne.
20. Clear and loud: a strong voice.
21. Readily noticeable; remarkable: a strong resemblance; a strong contrast.
22. Readily detected or received: a strong radio signal.
23. Having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient: mixed a strong solution of bleach and water.
24. Containing a considerable percentage of alcohol: strong punch.
25. Powerfully effective: a strong painkiller.
26. Characterized by a high degree of saturation.
27. Having a specified number of units or members: a military force 100,000 strong.
28. Marked by steady or rising prices: a strong market.
In a strong, powerful, or vigorous manner; forcefully: a salesperson who comes on too strong.
Coach13 said In my mind, this understanding (finally), is what allowed me to start to improve and enjoy my skiing much more. I sure wish I had gotten this advice or figured this out, up front. I'm sure I would be further along at this point.
I think this is a hugely common experience. Here's a really cynical question (which ties into the salesperson reference at the end of the list of definitions.)If we get too good at communicating with our students, are we shooting ourselves in the foot (pun intended) economically?And does the business of ski instructing rely to some extent on perpetuating confusion within the customer?
If we really fix all their problems super efficiently, is it bad for business?
I think not (there's always new terrain, etc. etc. to keep 'em coming back.)
What is really underlying my cynicism are some recent conversations I have had with my "betters" where I thought there was subtle "information hoarding" going on. Kind of an "I struggled for years/paid a lot of money to master this and I'll be damned if I'm gonna let you onto the fast track". Maybe that's how all organizations operate to a certain extent, and I just have to suck it up and keep paying my dues...
Another cynical observation: I think that within the ranks of ski instructors, (present company excepted, of course) there is a damaging withholding of information that goes on, often justifying itself as a "guided discovery" teaching method.
Or am I just showing my tendencies towards paranoia?
I agree with what some others have suggested about a new thread. Or, maybe even better, is it possible to rename a thread? How do you like "Musclehead"?
Seriously, I think that would be an accurate (and amusing) name. What's behind our exploration here is a teaching methodology (head) question rather than a skiing mechanics (muscle) question.
Can't wait to hear what you think.[ February 03, 2004, 08:19 AM: Message edited by: Downwardly Mobile ]