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Learning – it’s a process.

Comments (0) Posted in Learning by Phil Amos on May 20th, 2015

I think. I think a lot.

The problem with thinking a lot is that thinking is only part of the learning process.

KOLB: Experiential Learning Model, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiential_learning).

According to KOLB, there are four stages to learning from experience and these are:

Concrete Experience (Feeling)
Reflective Observation (Watching)
Abstract Conceptualisation (Thinking)
Active Experimentation (Doing)

If our learners are predominantly ‘thinking’ and doing relatively less ‘feeling’, ‘watching’ or ‘doing’, then our learners may not be maximising their learning from experience.

The learning situation: Practicing shot put.

Concrete Experience (Feeling)
Whilst practicing our aim as learners at this stage is to gather as much information as possible. We are trying to be mindful of the learning situation asking ourselves questions like:

What am I noticing?
What am I seeing?
What am I hearing?
What am I feeling?
What is happening?
What is happening to my balance as I release the shot?

We are trying to notice what we are noticing.

Reflective Observation (Watching)
Whilst pausing from practice or after our practice has finished our aim as learners at this stage is to be clear and detailed about what we have just experienced. At this stage we are asking ourselves:

What did I notice?
What did I see?
What did I hear?
What is the ‘stand-out’ information here?
What did I feel?

We are trying to notice what we noticed.

“I noticed that mostly my balance fell away to the left and forwards as I released the shot.”

Abstract Conceptualisation (Thinking)
Once we have gathered our information and noticed what we have noticed, our aim as learners at this stage is to try to generate a theory or come to a conclusion: “My balance is falling away because…” We are trying to make sense of the information available. We are asking ourselves:

What does this mean?
What is the cause of this?
What do I already know that helps me make sense of this information?

Active Experimentation
So now that we have our conclusions, at this stage as learners, we are now planning, goal setting, testing and trying to apply our theories in our next experience. We are asking ourselves, “Is my theory correct – let’s see?”

As coaches we can help our learners learn through their experiences by asking our learners the right questions at the right time to facilitate ‘feeling’, ‘watching’, ‘thinking’ or ‘doing’.

We need to help our learners who ‘think’ a lot to ‘feel’, ‘watch’ and ‘do’ more. It’s a process.

SJAC – Spelthorne – Athlete Of The Month For March

Comments (0) Posted in Athlete Of The Month Interviews by Phil Amos on May 18th, 2015

Jamie Haxton Smith Athlete Of The Month Interview. Listen to Jamie talk about being fast, sporty and fit; Eden Hazard and The Early Bird Catches The Worm. (Approx. 6 minutes).

SJAC – Spelthorne – Athlete Of The Month For February

Comments (0) Posted in Athlete Of The Month Interviews by Phil Amos on May 12th, 2015

Piers Marchant Athlete Of The Month Interview. Listen to Piers talk about being funny, intellegent and dependable; Olly Murs and Kings and Queens. (Approx. 6 minutes).

European Masters Indoor Athletics Championships.

Comments (0) Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Amos on May 5th, 2015

Well done to Helen & Stuart, who competed in the European Masters Indoor Athletics Championships.

Date: 23rd – 28th March 2015.
Venue: Poland.

Helen’s Performances:
Long Jump – 2nd, 5.32m
200m – 6th in final, 27.17s (26.72s heat)
4×200m – 2nd.

Stuart’s Performances:
60m – semi-final, 7.35s
200m – 4th Heat, 24.29s
Long Jump – 6th, 5.50m

All Results: http://www.emacitorun2015.com/en/home.html