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”

Learning Experience Design

The process of designing an experience, regardless of purpose, is based on reaching a certain outcome. Ideally with as little fuss and as much joy as possible. The purpose of an experience and the environment in which the experience takes place will vary: purchasing a holidays on a tablet, enjoying dinner in a restaurant, or learning to teach a class. Each of these experiences requires its own unique approach but the elements of the design process are mostly the same. The best representation of those elements comes from Jesse James Garrett’s Elements of User Experience. Continue reading “Learning Experience Design”

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”

Powerful Learning is Agile and Student-centered

There’s no shortage of different opinions about how the education system should adapt to a shifting world and a future with unknown demands, but for the most part, only two dominant narratives of education reform have emerged. Most teachers didn’t sign up for this shifty moment we are in. But I find it interesting. Continue reading “Powerful Learning is Agile and Student-centered”

Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to be Happy

Daniel H Pink has studied motivation in the business world for a long time and he came to the startling conclusion that traditional ways of motivating people with financial incentives doesn’t work. The only time incentives worked, in fact, was when the problem was mechanical and the path to the solution was straightforward. Study after study, social scientists have found that external rewards narrows the focus and restrict possibilities. The same studies proved that external drives makes it difficult for people to come up with creative solutions to complex problems. Continue reading “Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to be Happy”

Best Future-proof Learning Space

We still line our students up in rows facing the same direction toward a voice of authority. We use desks that lock them up in place, where the majority of movement within their staring is eyes forward, eyes down? The experience of space has a profound effect on how we use that space and behave ourselves. Space evokes a particular way of feeling, of being. What is the message we are sending? Continue reading “Best Future-proof Learning Space”