March 14 (Mon) 3:00pm CFI Round Table: Criticism and Evaluation

Event Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Instructions in flight training regularly give feedback.  It’s an important part of changing a student’s knowledge and ability.  A good instructor knows the difference between constructive criticism and being too negative.

An instructor needs to modify their communication style slightly for each student, making sure that they find an effective channel to reach that student.  In Part 141 schools, styles can be more standardized and rigid, but in a Part 61 environment the wrong approach can end the student’s training.

Join a group of flight instructors and flight instructor candidates in a frank discussion about criticism and evaluation.  Bring your best examples of good feedback, and bad feedback, both from your own student pilot days and from your experiences as an instructor.  Share your toughest challenges, and the mistakes you made along the way.  In this way, we help each other learn how to be better, so that we can make a more positive, lasting impact on the lives of the students who choose to fly with us.

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