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Feature Article: Where's The Problem?
When an instructor becomes upset over a student's performance,
the student could well consider that the problem lies with the
instructor. An instructor may become impatient because the flight
is his fourth of the day and he can't accept poor performance
from this student of procedures he has already taught three times
The instructor is projecting his past teaching to the present
and has failed to recognize that his analysis has nothing to
do with reality. Instructional fatigue will make it likely that
no adjustment of teaching technique will occur. The CFI has already
backed off with previous students and is now unable to make the
adjustment again because he has mixed up the students and the
lesson in his mind..
An instructor who shows impatience or anger with a student has
a problem, not the student. Just yesterday I had such a problem.
The student began well and flew through two full approaches with
a light touch. He actually flew the first departure with rudder
alone. On the second missed approach ATC had him turn early.
This single change triggered stress so that by the time we were
on the third approach he was using a full fist on the yoke. Initially,
I did not recognize this as his fatigue coming into play. When
I did recognize the problem my approach to making corrections
and advice completely changed.
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