Multi – CH 100 – What`s New Kid?
What: This course is for experienced children’s instructors, as well as experienced instructors who are new to teaching children. This course is designed to keep participants on the cutting edge of children’s snowsports education. The content of the course will change each season to reflect and explore the most current trends and theories in children’s snowsports education. Participants will practice integrating these concepts into their teaching activities during the event. This season’s focus will be PSIA-AASI-C Children’sTerrain‐Based Teaching/Learning.
Why: Even the most experienced teachers run into “challenges”, exhaust their bag of tricks, or just need some new ideas and inspiration. In this course you will be introduced to the most current resources, trends, and techniques in children’s snowsports education.
How: The course will begin with a brief introduction of the concepts and materials. The group will then be led through learning activities applying these concepts to various child development levels. By course conclusion each participant will have the opportunity to share their specific understanding and experiences, and receive oral and written feedback and coaching.
Multi – CH 200 – Children`s Specialist 1
What: This assessment‐based certificate course is offered to PSIA-AASI certified instructors. The course will help you understand how children; think, feel about themselves, interact with others, and move as they grow and develop. You will see how this understanding can be creatively applied to Beginner/Novice into Intermediate Zone lessons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and compare it the National Standard*.
Why: Be “that guy/gal”. You know the one. The instructor having fun with a bunch of laughing kids around them, while providing a truly inspired safe, fun and educational experience. In this course, you will learn the skills that instructor possesses so you too can be recognized for your education, experience, and expertise in teaching children snowsports.
How: Participants will need a copy of the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd Edition (order from National) to complete the CS 1 Workbook. The workbook must be completed and brought to the event, where it will be graded and reviewed as a group. The course is designed around the concepts learned in the workbook, which will be reviewed and practiced during the first part of the event. Each participant will apply this knowledge, including current children’s snowsports trends, to a PSIA-AASI ‐C Child Development Level in the second part of the event. Participants’ achievement will be relayed via verbal and written feedback from the clinician throughout the course and at its end.
* For a more detailed description and evaluation criteria download the PSIA‐AASI Children’s Specialist National Standard.
Multi – CH 300 – Children`s Specialist 2
Prerequisite: Children’s Specialist 1 (CS1)** and possess PSIA-AASI Level II and III certification.
What: The course builds on your knowledge from CS1 with the focus placed on how children move. You will gain a deeper understanding how and why children’s movements change as they grow and develop. You will see how this understanding can be used to select appropriate learning activities to advance a child’s development in Beginner/Novice through Advanced Zone lessons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and compare it the National Standard*.
Why: Great teachers understand the why and accurately assess abilities, determine strengths and weakness of their student. Great teachers know how to target learning to improve a student’s skill level. In this course, you will learn what it takes to be a great children’s snowsports teacher and will be recognized as one.
How: Participants will need a copy of the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd Edition and the Children’s Ski and Snowboard Movement Guide** to complete the CS 2 Workbook The workbook must be completed and brought to the event, where it will be graded and reviewed as a group. The course is designed around the concepts and knowledge gained by doing the workbook. And will be reviewed and practiced during the first part of the event. Each participant will apply this knowledge as well as current children’s snowsports trends to various PSIA-AASI-C Child Development Level(s) in the second part of the event. Participants’ achievement will be relayed via verbal and written feedback from the clinician throughout the course and at its end.
* For a more detailed description and evaluation criteria download the PSIA‐AASI Children’s Specialist National Standard. ** PSIA-AASI CENTRAL DIVISION only
Multi – PDS – PDS
- What: Develop effective Movement Analysis skills using M.O.D.D.S. (Motivation, Observation, Describe, Determine and Share a prescription).
- Why: Movement Analysis is an integral part of the process we use as instructors to decide what to do with our students. M.O.D.D.S. is a set of the Stepping Stones to follow for as a process of effective Movement Analysis.
- How: Everyone in the group will have opportunities to learn and practice using these steps with the others in the group to develop their M.O.D.D.S. based Movement Analysis skills.
Terrain Based Teaching
- What: Learning to carefully choose Where you teach to help the What, Why, how you teach
- Why: Terrain plays an important role in the potential success of any learning activity. Learning on various terrain features prepares our students for options in where they ski.
- How: Exploring how terrain selection impacts the learning experience by promoting desired movements.
Important PDS Information:
Register Online or call the office at 517-327-0601
$60 – Member with education credit
$45 – Member without education credit
$55 – Non-Member
$25 – Late registration fee for anyone who signs up after the posted deadline
8:00 – Registration
8:30-4:00 – Event (participants are responsible for their own lunch)