At the beginning of class Jordan and Bill made the whole class stand up and do jumping jacks so we could get credit for the day.
- On Wednesday we are meeting at Animus Perks for coffee.
- Pay attention to fundamentals.
- Sweat the details, pay attention to form, conventions-identify them.
- Conventions: system of rules within the discipline that organize it.
- We must quit fighting the rules of the game, we follow them.
- You don’t have to play the game, but you can choose to play and embrace the conventions of the game.
- In every new discourse you start out as a novice, and as you move up you are given authority.
- Then you are afforded the privilege of challenging those conventions, all discourses advance by being challenged.
- Jordan Benton complexified/problematized the discussion of conventions saying that conventions are the same at different levels, but change based on skill.
- Standard Operation Protocols=Rules, Rules=Conventions.
- Sometimes there are unspoken agreements like golf etiquette.
- Danny Gustavson said that we should use different disciplines to advance in the medical field, as he wants to become a surgeon.
- Garret Flicker said in elementary education you don’t need a degree, but as you go to higher education you are required to have one.
- Adelyn Mandeville: Are all conventions social?
- Social: Generally understood agreements/conveying something between two people.
- Kennedy Clark was homeschooled but the conventions with homeschooling are socially acceptable.
- In the field of writing we all have style-and leave it at style.
- A book Bill read by a biologist said that we have two programs: Eat and Procreate.
- With this, Adelyn has questioned Bill’s original proposed argument.
- Exigence: What is the urgent need?
- Be critically aware in every situation you are in is to be a scholar.
- Cory Saxon says we have to adapt to all conventions. We have to change our ways to them.
- He read Lone Survivor and in it the author talked to himself to keep himself alive.
- We use voices in our heads to make it visible on paper, what are all the scenarios we think about?
- These conversations improve writing because we have argued, questioned and listened.
- These conversations accomplish something
- As scholars, we are learning how to talk, listen conversate together.
- In society we disconnect writing from speaking.
- Assignment: Time on task, 1hr 15 min.
- Type notes from today on our blog-only use bullet points.
- Use remaining time to craft an essay and use two modes.
- For Wednesday: Meet at Animus Perks
Very interesting conversation we had in class on that Monday. Bill told us how in every discourse there are conventions. I though about skiing and on the back of a lift ticket and season pass there are a few social conventions that you should abide by before going skiing. Off the top of my head a few of them are:
- Must be able to ride a chairlift.
- Must know how to operate equipment.
- Be aware that snow conditions can change at any time.
So they are not tests that you have to pass before receiving a ticket, but rather social agreements that skiers and snowboarders should know before going up the mountain. Then once you are on the mountain there are riskier conventions in place. Mountain safety usually stand behind big yellow and orange signs that say SLOW.
If you go faster than they would like you to, you may be warned or even a suspension of your pass may ensue. I have had a few friends get snagged by this and have lost their pass for the remainder of the season.
So given our discussion on Monday 9/22, I though about where I am in the skiing discipline. Well I have been skiing since I was about three or four, and have been a teacher for three years. I know pretty much every basic convention there is to know, and I do know a lot of the tougher conventions. There are some I do not know because there are different disciplines within the discipline of skiing. For example: there is snowmaking, ski patrol, ski school, mountain safety, lift operators, and lift maintenance. And that’s just the on mountain crew. So within ski school, instructors must know just about every rule on the mountain in order to keep their class as safe as possible. If I was teaching a level five class, out of nine, then we would most likely be skiing harder green runs and easier blue runs. So I have to know which runs those are and how to get there. Then we can start talking about skier etiquette. Situation:
– You are skiing down a run and come to a large roller where you cannot see who or what is down below you. You should always, always stop or slow down before you go over this roller. Why? Simply because you don’t want to barrel into someone going mach ten.
All over the mountain skiers will encounter situations like this, most of the time the best way to approach a problem is to slow down until you know what to do. So let’s say a skiing athlete wants to begin training for his/her discipline. For the sake of my interest, lets say it’s in freeskiing. She comes to a trainer as a novice and with some experience in freeskiing, lets say she knows how to slide a rail one way and knows how to go off medium sized jumps spinning three sixties both ways. Even though I would assume she knows the rules of the terrain park given her knowledge, I would still ask if she knows. They are:
- Look before you leap
- Know your limits
- Respect gets respect
- Get out of the way
- Have fun
Now these will change based what resort you are at, but these are general conventions of the terrain park. Since she knows how to slide a rail one way, I would begin with some flat ground work with her skis on jumping ninety degrees in the opposite direction of the way she already knows. After feeling comfortable, we would take it to an in ground box, raised box, and from there a short ride on rail. Progression is the name of the game in freeskiing. If an athlete is uncomfortable with a certain maneuver or trick, the best way to train is to break it down to its simplest form. Now a lot of larger resorts have a few different terrain parks in order to separate the skiers and snowboarders based on ability, like Jordan was talking about. The conventions are the same, but are altered based on skill. Simply put, there is a small, medium, and large terrain park. At this girls ability level, we would spend most of our time in the smaller park, and might jump to smaller features within the medium park. The reason for this is because it is easier to do certain tricks on smaller features, much like you wouldn’t ski a black run if you only know how to ski greens. Now something pleasing to look at!