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Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.

Comments (0) Posted in Feedback, Learning by Phil Amos on April 17th, 2013

“Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.”

Athletic performance can improve and one can be learning.

Athletic performance can decline and one can be learning.

So, “Perfect practice makes perfect” – learning. Regardless of how “Perfect” our practice is, performance can and will go up and down, but learning can be maximised.

To get close to perfect practice the practice must be with purpose; “Deliberate Practice”.

Richard Bailey introduced me to a good definition of “Deliberate Practice”.

Deliberate Practice = Practice + Feedback
+ Variation
+ Observation
+ Mindfullness
+ Context

So, coaches, teachers, parents and anyone interested in creating learning environments and “Deliberate Practice”, if we can develop our feedback skills, provide variation within our practice sessions, create opportunities for our learners to watch practice and learning taking place, engage our learners (mindfulness) and do all this in a relevant context then we get closer to, “Perfect Practice”.

Where’s The Enemy?

Comments (0) Posted in Feedback, Questions by Phil Amos on August 11th, 2010

Whilst I was tutoring an athletics coaching course recently at the Army School Of Physical Training in Aldershot, we talked about developing our athletes’ techniques.  We decided that as coaches we could help our athletes develop their techniques by offering various interventions.  These could be: giving a new instruction; showing our athletes a demonstration of what we would like to see; or perhaps we could give feedback to our athletes telling them what went well; what could be improved and what they need to work on. » » » Read more

Playing The Perfect Game Of Imperfection

Comments (0) Posted in Feedback by Phil Amos on July 13th, 2010

Coaching as part of the SJAC team I often see good and poor technique.  SJAC run sessions for children between seven and eleven years old.  Creating motivating, fun and engaging learning environments is a key priority.

When coaches talk about improving technique you hear various mantras.  A popular one often heard is, “Practice makes perfect” shortly follow-up with, “Perfect practice makes perfect”.  Let’s look at, ‘Perfect’. » » » Read more