CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 34

CHIEF'S CORNER
I had been an instructor for several years
and was teaching a ground school class, not
an unknown scenario for me at all. But I was
having problems getting a concept across to
the class. I don't recall exactly what it was,
but it was something that I could see and
understand very clearly, and my class couldn't.
I was discussing this situation with my friend
when he asked me what would happen if I were
to throw a hat against a wall, would it stay up
there? No, it wouldn't. But what if I had a hook
on the wall that would catch that hat and keep
it up there? If I threw it just right, it would
probably stay.
He told me the hook was what my students
already knew, and the hat represented the new
knowledge I was trying to impart. Without the
hook, it would just slide down the wall of their

brain and not add to their knowledge base. But
if I figured out what the hook was by learning
what they already knew, drawing a similarity to
that, and then gently tossing the hat, chances
were very good that hat would stick on the
hook and we could discover another hook, toss
another hat, and so on. Pretty wise words from
him and what's better, it worked and now I
always try to find that shared knowledge that
my students and I can build on.
When I first became a flight instructor, we
didn't have many instructors at the FBO where
I worked; in fact, I was the only full-time
instructor. The CFI who trained me was moving
up to be the chief pilot in the charter operation
and then left the company shortly after that. For
some time, I was on my own to figure out how
to best teach the students I inherited and the

HE TAUGHT ME THAT TO TAKE SOMEBODY FROM THE KNOWN TO THE UNKNOWN,
I HAVE TO GIVE THEM A HOOK TO HANG THAT NEW KNOWLEDGE ON.

new ones who came walking through the door
to begin their journey to become a private pilot
and beyond. Fortunately for me one of my wife's
patients was a flight instructor who had taught
for a long time in central Maryland but lived in
West Virginia. They got to talking as he sat in
her dental chair and he mentioned that if I ever
needed to bounce a question off him, he was
willing to help. It took me a while to ask that
first question but soon he was my go-to guy and
he became a part-time instructor at my FBO.
One of the best things that happened was that
when I would have students that just weren't
understanding what I was trying to teach
them-and I'd exhausted every way possible to
present the material or maneuver-he would
take them for a flight, have them demonstrate
the maneuver and then offer some suggestions
on how to perform the maneuver better.



CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2

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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter—Vol. 10, Issue 2
CFI Notes
CFI Notes: Letters
CFI Notes: Did You Know? There I Was…A Cirrus, a Cruise Ship, and the USCG
Standards Dissected—ACS Basics
Safety Seminar: Difficult Decisions—What Would You Do?
Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI News
CFI Tips: Beyond Teaching "To the Test"—How To Ramp Up Your Instruction
ASI Message: Moving Up, Down, or Sideways
Real Pilot Story: Powerless Over Paris
Safety Spotlight: Scalable Safety Framework
Point/Counterpoint: Keep Spinning the Whiz Wheel or E6B No Mo?
Chart Challenge: The Art of the IFR Chart
You Can Fly: 2019 AOPA FlightTraining Service Experience Survey Now Open
Safety Quiz: Density Altitude
CFI Tools: Weather or Not—Thunderstorm Challenge
Chief's Corner: Mentoring—A Different Perspective
Safety Tip: Marshalling Signals
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI-to-CFI Newsletter—Vol. 10, Issue 2
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Notes
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Notes: Letters
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Notes: Did You Know? There I Was…A Cirrus, a Cruise Ship, and the USCG
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Standards Dissected—ACS Basics
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Safety Seminar: Difficult Decisions—What Would You Do?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 12
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Tips: Beyond Teaching "To the Test"—How To Ramp Up Your Instruction
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 17
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - ASI Message: Moving Up, Down, or Sideways
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 20
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Real Pilot Story: Powerless Over Paris
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 22
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Safety Spotlight: Scalable Safety Framework
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Point/Counterpoint: Keep Spinning the Whiz Wheel or E6B No Mo?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 25
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 26
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Chart Challenge: The Art of the IFR Chart
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 28
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - You Can Fly: 2019 AOPA FlightTraining Service Experience Survey Now Open
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Safety Quiz: Density Altitude
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 31
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CFI Tools: Weather or Not—Thunderstorm Challenge
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Chief's Corner: Mentoring—A Different Perspective
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 34
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - 35
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Safety Tip: Marshalling Signals
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