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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by vaara, Jul 12, 2014.
Not being up on expectations at RPC, I won't offer specific advice, except:
This ^^^ OMG This^^^^
At my RCP, they hyped on how RTFC and the demo should not take more than 5 mins. Obviously a few exercises will take a little longer to demo because of how extensive the demo is, but that's always my goal. And while they said the times on the cards are a guideline, my RCTs really watched to see you didn't go over time by more than 2 mins. So generally that meant at 5 mins out from ending time, start signalling to your fellow coach that it's time to end the exercise.
I've heard other states use the time on the cards as actual riding time, so the RTFC/demo and debrief are not included unlike here in VA.
Heh. Last weekend our RCT pulled the ninja stopwatch trick on me to point out that I took about 2 minutes too long to explain one of the exercises. Mainly because I wasn't R-ing the F-ing C.
Having said that, I think that if you're going to go over time anywhere (at least with the riding), it should be during #2 and #3, since without those foundational skills a rider simply can't ride.
IMHO, go over in #2 if needed, get speeds up in part 2 of #3.
It's a shame it has to be that way, but I know what you mean. A significant number of the students don't want to become better riders. They want to be told they are wonderful and leave with an endorsement, no matter how bad they are.
Today's post is brought to you by the letter S.
Congrats! I survived my first weekend and I am just starting to comprehend how much work is involved in getting that "S".
We had a great class this weekend. Two no-shows dropped enrollment to 9. The remaining tried the instruction, and succeded. . ..
Our class of 8 ended up being 7, after one person showed up to Day 1 three hours late (and demanded to be allowed to ride). :eek1
The rest of them did really well. Seven [edit: six -- counting is hard!] of them passed. The one who didn't was eager to try again, and no one dropped a bike!
And each of the five RCCs is now a RC. It was a grueling experience, esp. since insomnia struck me the past couple of nights (prior to 6 a.m. starts). But I held it together and am glad I did.
Cool! It'll be interesting to see how your experience compares with mine. I have to say I really enjoyed the whole thing. But then I had a great RCT and fun fellow candidates to work with -- no difficult students either. I'm sure it'll be different out there in the real world.
What's the 'S ' mean?
"S" is for "satisfactory." Not very affirming, but I'll take it! (The only other available option is "U".)
Be glad... be very very glad that you did not have my class from this previous weekend:
1 non-English speaker
1 experienced person who wanted to complain about the slow speeds and other students' abilities
1 emotional student who cried during exercises 2-4
1 clueless person who could not grasp concepts or follow directions and wanted to argue about everything... it got to the point where I flat out asked him if he had a learning disability because no one else had any trouble understanding that they were to be riding in 2nd gear
9 students... only 6 were successful. :eek1 The only other time I've had a failure rate that high was in a Ladies Only class.
S = Satisfactory
At least it was in my RCP. You either got an S or a U (unsatisfactory) for the classroom portions and exercises you were responsible for. I want to say for mine, if you got 3 U's you failed. I had all S's.
Well, he paid his money! And it was just the simple stuff for slow learners that he already knows, because he rode his cousin's moped 20 years ago...
Oh, you haven't had insomnia yet. Because no matter how much you were being judged, ultimately, someone had your back.
The night before the first time you have to go out there alone- that'll be insomnia. (Helping!)
Remember- the students don't know you're a rookie unless you tell them; They don't have any notion of how the class is supposed to work, so while you note your minor flubs to improve next time, they probably didn't even notice- for the most part, they're busy trying to keep up with you.
Now I remember....... cheez
I had 1 u, ( screwed up the turn around on a cornering excersize ) , overall S though.
Forgot to mention that we got a first look at the 2014 classroom curriculum. The new books are much improved IMHO, though I haven't yet looked at the DVD with the PowerPoint files (no more live action videos apparently).
Is anyone using the new materials yet?
Yes and no.
One org I coach with switched to the new classroom as of July 1. The other org I coach with will not switch until Jan I believe.
PS I have yet to see the new classroom. I have not looked at any of it. I did skim the book but didn't actually look at it.