The National Ski Patrol has a rich tradition of excellence in developing instructors through its enrichment activities and hands-on skills training. Teaching adult learners is a specific discipline that has become the backbone of all NSP educational programs. The embodiment of this excellent tradition begins with the Instructor Development class.
“Instructor Trainees” learn positive ways to communicate, enhance lessons and engage future students. instructor Trainees learn how to prepare and deliver effective lessons. Once these foundational skills are mastered, the Trainees will move to a more formalized Mentoring Program. Each future Instructor is paired with a discipline-specific mentor that will guide them through the details of topic teaching. The Mentoring program will prepare the future Instructors for the final certification process.
The National Ski Patrol has a wide array of talented patrollers that bring compassion, knowledge, and energy gleaned from their patrolling experiences to their future “classrooms.” Bringing these strengths into the varied classrooms is crucial for the continued growth and development of the National Ski Patrol.
The New Hampshire Region Instructor Development staff recognizes that not all students learn and process in a like fashion. A variety of learning opportunities are available to guide your growth as an instructor. The goal is to tailor each learning experience to develop outstanding instructors that will support the vision and growth of the National Ski Patrol for decades to come.
Instructor Development Courses
Traditional One-Day Classroom Instructor Development Course
Upon completion of this One-Day Class, the Instructor-in-Training will be assigned a discipline-specific Mentor.
On-Demand Independant Study Online ID Hybrid E-Course
This Instructor will guide them through forum based lesson planning (approximately 2 hours of preparation). Students will engage in online discussion about pros/cons of effective lesson planning. Students will develop solid and applicable Six Pack lesson plans.
After completing the online forum lesson plan, the ID Staff member will arrange with you to meet at your home mountain for a brief lesson delivery presentation. The ID Staff member will demonstrate the delivery of a lesson for the student to watch, then the Student will demonstrate the delivery of their own 15 minutes lesson plan. (1-4 hours, depending on the number of students presenting together in a group).
Upon completion of the following three:
- Forum Lesson Planning,
- Lesson Delivery,
…the “Instructor-in-Training” will be assigned a discipline-specific Mentor.
Classroom Based Instructor Development and Hybrid E-Course
Occasionally NH ID Staff will offer a shortened Classroom gathering for individuals who took the NSP Hybrid E-Course. Watch the Region Calendar for such a course. So it still utilizes National’s hybrid online E-course curriculum (3-4 hours) but requires no other lesson preparation prior to the NH Classroom event.
Students must print “certificate of completion” to attend this shortened Classroom session. The classroom session is held to teach the Lesson Planning component of ID and provides each student with a chance to teach their lesson.
The Curriculum based lesson plan is taught, developed, and demonstrated in a classroom setting. A staff of instructors will guide Instructors-in-training through each step of the lesson development and skills delivery process. (4 hours approximately). OEC students will teach in the classroom while the OET students will have the opportunity to teach on the slopes, if applicable.
Upon completion of the Hybrid and Classroom Event, the Instructor-in-Training will be assigned a discipline-specific Mentor. Watch the Calendar, this course is typically scheduled in February, which gives students plenty of time to complete the Hybridized video lectures.
ID Continuing Ed is required for all NSP Instructors
If you have any questions regarding your Instructor Appointment, please contact the NH Region ID Supervisor for help.