Looking through a Beginners Eyes

Gilbert Ayoub July 12, 2018
My first exposure to teaching was being a ski instructor back in my teens. Since then there have been many instructor hats worn, from work related to sport. My natural obsession to do anything I did well, led me to study, learn from instructors, and practice until I was satisfied with my level of mastery. 

This process also made me an effective teacher since I knew the steps needed to acquire the desired knowledge. Much of the information we gather is from years of trial and error that add up to experience. Over time, a great deal of that experience is stored away and we never stop to think about it again. We do things automatically without thinking. Often, it is only when we are asked “how to”, that we must retrieve the lessons from memory to pass them on.
My natural obsession is to do anything well
Recently, I helped out at a triathlon training camp. There were many beginners attending. All had many questions and a thirst for a better understanding of triathlon. As you may have guessed, this resulted in having to pull up long-forgotten information from the archives of my mind.
Every time I pass on my experience, I am reminded that I too was once on that quest. Whether I’m explaining or demonstrating, it serves as a reminder to myself of the correct technique and why it’s done that way. Looking through a beginner's eyes is a sure way for us to relive those lessons. When someone in the group asked if I found it boring to teach beginners I looked up and explained that I was learning along with them.
We must retrieve the lessons from memory
All teachers, coaches, instructors love to have enthusiastic pupils to challenge them and force them to relearn forgotten lessons. How lucky are we to have chosen this path.