November 18, 2004

Focusing on Skills Versus Tasks

Last night was the first dryland clinic for my ski school. My group discussed the idea of understanding and teaching skills and movement patterns, rather than teaching a rigid progression.

If you really think about it, the objective of any skier or rider is to learn how to use movement patterns to control direction and speed. As an instructor, my job is to help you get there, not by using a straight line (the progression) but through guided discovery.

By focusing on developing skills rather than focusing on tasks, I have improved my own skiing. Try it for yourself.

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