How to Improve Learning in Sports

Improving learning is a very important task for every educator. When it comes to sports teachers and trainer/coaches the main aspects of learning can be described as:

– the best way to learn how to do something is to do it;
– the closer practice activities resemble the full activity the better.

Putting these aspects into practice doesn’t mean students will learn. Teaching or coaching is something different than learning. Working with students we frequently experiment with how it can looks like and practice. Ofcourse we also debate what it means in practice. I still enjoy the discussions and energy we put in together to learn and find some personal answers. It is a search to put learning to the forefront of the sport lessons. Continue reading “How to Improve Learning in Sports”

Creating a Learning Experience

I’ve spent the last couple of days thinking about some tools I will use next year with my students. I want to prepare an inspiring and effective ground for learning. I don’t want to structure and pre-define everything. I do not want to create a community for my students. Instead, I want to create the conditions necessary for the right kind of environment to emerge. Building an environment for the students is likely to result in failure: environments and communities need to be build with the students, with their full participation, through their work and their interactions. Continue reading “Creating a Learning Experience”

What Is An Empowered Learner? 

Empowerment is about how students approach learning – motivated, with confident, and ready to tackle the task.
Unfortunately, it is not how many of our students approach learning. Their mindset is more like: how hard it’s going to be, how you aren’t going to like it, worry that you are not smart enough, wonder if there might be some easier way, and wish you didn’t have to undertake such a tough assignment. Continue reading “What Is An Empowered Learner? “

Deep Learning Mindsets & Strategies

How can we best prepare students for a world that will require more of them? The most important resource in education reform is the learner’s mind. We need to re-ignite the hunger for learning that many students lose along the way. Explicit and embedded work on learning mindsets and learning strategies & habits puts students in the driver seat of learning. It gives them direction to chart their paths to succes and happiness. Lets take you through it. Continue reading “Deep Learning Mindsets & Strategies”

One-size-Has-to-fits-all

Around the globe, economies are shifting away from machine-focused industries toward human-powered creative industries. Many adults are caught in the middle of this shift. Educated for the industrial age but trying to make a living in the information age. Inspired by the work of John Abbott and some others I wrote this post about the effect of this for education. Continue reading “One-size-Has-to-fits-all”

Encourage the Growth of Talent

I will be proud if I give my students the power to consider what kind of society they want to be part of, teaches them to use their abilities to create the change they want to see, and gives them the skills to act on their dreams. This is an ambitious mission and so needed in todays and tomorrows society. I will use my time and energy to make a difference. With this post I celebrate my one year anniversary. It’s exactly one year ago that I started trenducation. I’m thankful for all the followers and readers. You motivate me to continue writing. Thank you very much for reading, dialogue and of course sharing. Continue reading “Encourage the Growth of Talent”

No Tests, No Curriculum Standards: Agile Learning

Adult life is all about making choices, learning from them, and prioritizing competing demands for our time. A healthy educational environment must allow students to experience such opportunities and challenges. To do this, students must be able to make their own decisions and pursue their own passions. I believe that this creates the opportunity for them to flourish to their full potential if they have a supportive, respectful and loving surrounding. Knowing what they want to learn or do, and then following through to learn it or achieve it, is a core skill for learning. Continue reading “No Tests, No Curriculum Standards: Agile Learning”

Empowerment is Ruled Out by the Educational System 

Education is all about empower other people and supporting people to change their behavior. Getting kids to pay attention in class, getting teens to understand they need to look at their future and getting students to share their talents to move the world. At the center of all this persuasion is selling: educators are sellers of ideas. Continue reading “Empowerment is Ruled Out by the Educational System “

 Checklisted childhood

During a decade as teacher, lecturer and coach at secondary education and the University of Sports Studies I knew a large number of students who had lived scheduled lives. It started as children and as young adults most of them couldn’t tell me why they had done it. ‘Because you have to’, is a common heard answer. Having done that, they were stuck in perpetual ‘now what?’ mode, hoping someone else would answer that question for them. Continue reading ” Checklisted childhood”

Innovative Learning: 7 Essential Principles

Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define exactly what they are. But one group of researchers is giving it a try. They launched the Innovative Learning Environments Project to identify practical interventions that mark innovative learning environments. Their is a growing need of designing future proof learning environments. Continue reading “Innovative Learning: 7 Essential Principles”