First Chair Podcasts: Horst Abraham Talks Experiential Learning

With Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in full swing, the First Chair Podcast decided to talk to one of the pillars of PSIA-AASI’s long history of educational innovation, Horst Abraham. 

Horst provides an informative overview of the American Teaching Method, and also goes into detail about how experiential learning benefits any type of instruction.

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Talking Experiential Learning with Horst Abraham
Meet Horst Abraham, a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame member who served as PSIA’s education director in the early 1970s. Horst chats with First Chair about experiential learning, which helps facilitate a student’s involvement with their own educational achievement. Horst was among PSIA-AASI’s early innovators responsible for the American Teaching Method (ATM), which was a game-changer in ski instruction at the time, and continues to be an integral part of modern instruction.

Go from Good to Great with The Learning Connection
AASI Snowboard Team member Chris Rogers talks about The Learning Connection, which is an important developmental framework that focuses on each person’s teaching skills, technical skills, and people skills. A great instructor is one who is highly skilled in each of those areas. Chris talks about how you can use the three different tenants based on the conditions of the day to tailor your student’s experience.

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