Originally Posted by skier31
TDK: What do you mean by motivation? How do you define motivation? Ski instructors are motivated by many different things, money, health insurance benefits, ski passes, lockers, access to clinics, social qualities etc. How do you differentiate a good instructor from a bad instructor using your scale.
JASP is asking for people to assign qualities to rate instructors and students.
Yeah, maybe I was a bit off the track. Let me try again. There are two kinds of motivation involved when we look at the instructor. His own motivation and how he motivates others. That means instructor inner motivation and student outer motivation. Jasp was refering to the latter in his posting 13, I think. Correct me if Im wrong. He called it motivational skills. That is very much part of the teaching skills required of a ski instructor. That may be the most important quality.
The list you presented in your quoting here above are all outer or also called external motivational elements. The definition is something like reward or fear for punishment. Rewards would be money, lockers, outfit, free drinks in the bar, sex, skis etc. Fear for punishemnt would be fear of being fired, moved to lower level groups, basicly everything taken away from you. Its good to remember that what you dont have is a better motivation than what you have.
I think that motivation plays a very big role in ski instruction both for the ski school, ski instructor and the student. The ski school needs to motivate the instructor. That would be a combination of outer and inner motivation. Providing an environment where the ski instructor feels at home and comfortable and allowing him to boost his own inner motivation. The ski instructor is the connection between the ski school and the student. He is the tool. If instructor is motivated then he will give good lessons. Good mood and energy rubbs off and there is no better way of learning something than when you are in a good moode.
One ski school director told me once that the best measure of a instructor is how much money he brings into the school. He referred to a ski school director at a very big resort in the alps where the director pointed out a very old instructor as his best instructor. This to the dissapointment to all young level 9 free skiers and racers, womanizers and rock stars. If you bring in a lot of money to the school you must be giving a lot of lessons. If you give a lot of lessons you must be doing something right. You have a high retrun rate, your students like you and you are not in war with the management. You might have a lot of jelous colleges but that is something you will never void. The more successfull you are the more you will be dissliked by other instructrors. It all depends offcourse. If your motivation is purely outer motivation then you run a bigger risk of making enemies. If you are a likable person and your love for the sport and for the children and students and teaching is genuine and that is what motivates you then you are running less risk of making enemies within the ski school. Except for people being jelous at you for being something they whisch they would be themselves.
From a ski school perspective I think that good instructors are the ones that eather have a long and successfull carriere behind them or ahead of them. The instructor can in other words be old or young. Main thing is that you can trust and depend on him. If you have a problematic student or group then you can without hesetations assign him as the instructor and count on him cooping with the challenge and take the problem off your shoulders.
Let me try the listing again:
1 very bad instructor - absolutely no motivation, shows no interest in the ski school or students and is negative and aggressive, student and staff 100% dissapointed
2 bad instructor -
3 fearly bad instructor -
4 less than averidge instructor -
5 averidge instructor - depending on student motivation the lesson will be good or bad but instructor is not making any real effort
6 better than averidge instructor -
7 fearly good instructor -
8 good instructor -
9 very good instructor -
10 extremly good instructor - highly motivated and motivating, extremly good interaction and communication with student, once in a life time experiance, student and staff 100% pleaced, this is the guy everyone wants