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post #1 of 11 Old 04-27-2014, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Now that I don't ride long distances any more and most of my riding buddies have quit riding because of age I decided to get my Instructor Licence and do some part time training in the summer months, the course was long but a great refresher even after all these years of riding, I think I will get some pleasure by passing on some of my skills and experience.
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Good for you, teaching can be a very rewarding experience. Will this be teaching brand new students?
With my track and road racing days long behind me I've done a fair amount of cone course training in the past 6 years and get asked to help teach now and then. It's pretty exciting when a student can let go, have faith in their instruction and successfully complete an exercise. I'd love to do more upon retiring.

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I learned more about riding and maintenance during the times I was teaching than the rest of my riding career combined before reading John Weldon's posts.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Yes these are novice riders that range from no riding or driving experience to riders that have not ridden for many years and now returning and want some retraining.
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I learned more about riding and maintenance during the times I was teaching than the rest of my riding career combined before reading John Weldon's posts.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing recently, applied to coaching competitive swimming.

I was a serious swimmer for years as a kid - regionally successful in western Canada. I took up coaching three years ago, after 35 years. I definitely learned a whole lot more.

Doing something, even well, is not the same as teaching, and it doesn't necessarily make you a great teacher. Teaching forces you to think about why you do something, other than just because it works, and examine your own habits and beliefs critically.

It's highly recommended on your way to developing your expertise. It'll definitely make you a better rider, even with all your experience.

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The fun part about coaching, for me, is to identify the single most important movement the student needs to progress, then find a way to explain that to them that resonates with the student so they can understand and practice it. Our brains do not multi-task. We can only think of one thing at a time. We can give slices of attention to multiple things, but when we're thinking of one thing, we can not think of anything else. I've really enjoyed coaching skiing and sliding seat rowing where we progress only as fast as the student learns things. The motorcycle training routine is different. There is an important list of things that must be covered in a specified period of time, and the class must keep moving. That's tougher on both student and coach.

I read a great book on how the brain learns (and I forgot the title). We have working memory where we have to work to think about something. This is slow and tiring. After several hundred repetitions the new thought is moved to long term memory where new neural connections are formed. We've now "learned" it. This action becomes fast, easy, automatic. Remember how hard it was to think of both clutch and throttle? That was when the actions were in short term memory and we had to actively think of each. Now those actions are "learned" and we can devote the thinking process to something else (scanning for minivans making left turns in front of us). And, it takes several thousand repetitions to replace a movement--that's why it is so difficult to replace a bad habit.
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Another part of the process is how a person learns easiest. Some can read how to do something and do fine. Others can learn by hearing a lecture. Still others are mainly visual or kinesthetic. A good coach needs to see what form a student learns best with and use that form with students having trouble.

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Another part of the process is how a person learns easiest. Some can read how to do something and do fine. Others can learn by hearing a lecture. Still others are mainly visual or kinesthetic. A good coach needs to see what form a student learns best with and use that form with students having trouble.
That's an excellent point. I taught Martial Arts for eight years and a student of mine who was an education teacher brought that to my attention. I had her do some seminars with the other instructors regarding this and it became a very helpful tool. With little practice it's fairly easy to discern into which of the three categories a student falls into and teach accordingly

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I was trained as an MSF instructor in 2002. A buddy was getting trained and encouraged me to take the course with him. After getting certified I taught the minimum requirement of 3 courses per year. I found that I didn't really enjoy teaching all weekend after working a full time job all week. I let the certification lapse after 4 years. If I was retired or worked as a teacher that had summers free I would teach. I was trained with a pair of high school teachers that did this for summer income.

It was a good experience that has helped me in riding every time I ride. Just today I was telling myself to look through the turn!
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I did about three years also but varied between three night a week classes and weekend classes from March to October. I also maintained the class bikes for the last year and taught three sections of motorcycle maintenance classes. I would sometimes call in sick to my regular job and sleep all day but not often enough to get in trouble for it. Three years was about all I could handle living like that.

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