- When was the last time you learnt a new skill? Can you remember:
- how you felt before you started to learn? Was there something in particular that made you want to learn?
- how long did it take for you to feel comfortable learning the skill?
- how was the skill shown to you? What “teaching points” were you given? Did they help?
- What do you think is your predominant learning style? Complete the activity in the chapter to assess your learning style – does the result surprise you?
- Reflect on a team that you are coaching: what do you think are the predominant learning styles of each player? Are they all the same?
- Reflect on your coaching: how well do you cater for each of the learning styles:
- Consider one of your recent training plans. How many activities did you use that:
- a coach used when you were a player?;
- you have watched a coach use and thought was worthwhile to use?;
- you have put together for that particular team?;
- Consider a particular skill (team or individual) that you are currently teaching with a team. How would you assess the progression of each player – which stage of learning are they at?:
- “unconscious incompetence”;
- “conscious incompetence”;
- “conscious competence”;
- “unconscious competence”.
Having regard to your assessment of your players, should you be doing anything differently to assist learning?
- Discuss with a coaching colleague how you can help a player that is in the early stages of learning a skill but gives up because they are frustrated that they cannot do it well.
- In two minutes write down as many “cue words” that you use in your coaching as you can. Have your athletes do the same thing. Compare the two lists.