New Podcasts! Children’s Field Guide + Giving Effective Feedback

Two new PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcasts focus on some of the resources and ideas that can help you and your colleagues be better instructors.

Listen in as First Chair Podcast host George Thomas talks to the authors of Teaching Children Snowsports: Alpine Field Guide and introduces the first of two episodes on “Providing Effective Feedback,” part of a new series of interviews called Boots on the Snow, in which George and his guests discuss solutions to some of the common scenarios snow pros encounter every day.

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Teaching Children Snowsports: Alpine Field Guide with Kevin Jordan, Mark Aiken, and Ryan Ravinsky

Join in to hear Teaching Children Snowsports: Alpine Field Guide authors Kevin Jordan, Mark Aiken, and Ryan Ravinsky, who work from Aspen, Colorado, Stowe, Vermont, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, respectively, talk about how this amazing new teaching resource came to be.

The Children’s Alpine Field Guide is a must-have overview of alpine instruction for new instructors or an idea book for more seasoned instructors. The guide is organized by different ability levels with step-by-step instructions on how to instruct children on the slopes with QR codes to how-to videos.

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Boots on the Snow: Providing Effective Feedback with Melodie Buell

The new Boots on the Snow series features positive, problem-solving conversations for instructors. Here, George catches up with Northwest examiner Melodie Buell, the education and training manager for Oregon Adaptive Sports and a lead trainer for Mt. Bachelor Ski and Ride School.

In the first part of a two-part interview, George and Melodie discuss the impact of effective feedback and the importance of delivering it in a way that students can enjoy. Melodie emphasizes how people and teaching skills, including adapting to the needs of the learner, managing emotional and physical risk, and understanding and managing an instructor’s own reactions, help adapt feedback to the specific needs of the student. She also provides an overview on how instructors can build trust with students. Be timely. Be thoughtful. And be respectful.