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From: <sbrawl@aol.com>
Date: Wed Mar 15 2006 - 13:46:52 EST
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Hey Ann! Thanks for staying in touch. The coaching model in sports is pretty much "show and tell" with lots of emphasis on the knowledge and expertise of the teacher. John Wooden has a new book out titled "You haven't taught if they haven't learned" which I agree with. I learned a powerful way to help people learn in all sports by Tim Gallwey, the author of The Inner Game of Tennis and several other IG books.
 
An example of inquiry in teaching tennis would be the following story: A man comes wanting to improve his backhand stroke. What specifically do you want to learn? What are you struggling with? I take my racket back too high on the backswing, he says. How do you know, I ask. My doubles partner told me and my last pro told me. (He didn't know in his own experience).
 
I told him I would hit him a few balls and for him to pay attention to where his racket was relative to his shoulder. This gave him a reference point. I then asked him after each ball, "Where was your racket that time?" Never telling him myself where the racket was, but keeping him responsible for his learning.
 
The first few balls he couldn't say!! He was too focused on "doing it right" and "performance" rather than learning. The next few balls he started to get a sense of it. Then on about the 12th ball,he exclaims Oh my racket IS above my shoulder!! Once he became aware in his own experience where his racket was it started to change very naturally without much conscious effort.
 
I would highly recommend that book by the way! One of the first books on the mental side of learning and still one of the best for learning about Guided Practice and Guided Discovery although Gallwey doesn't use those words.
 
Check out my website at www.seanbrawley.com when you have a chance as well.
 
Sportively Yours,

Sean

Sean Brawley
Imaginative Coaching
5100 Via Dolce #101
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
310-578-1738
www.seanbrawley.com
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: pearson5@ticon.net
To: Discussion list for LEARNING SCIENCE THROUGH INQUIRY <teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org>
Sent: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 15:35:53 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: [Teacher-talkinquiry] (no subject)

Hey Sean! I've had a chance to use some inquiry in our Communication Arts
class that I team teach - so far, I really like it. The kids are finding
it a really different way to have to think but they are making progress. I
am working with 6th grade students, predominantly learning disabled, so I
am very interested to see if we can hit on a learning style that will work
for them. I'd be interested to hear how you use it in sports - Take Care!
 Ann

> Good luck, Ann...I would be interested in hearing about your exploration
> into using Inquiry...I use it successfully in sports and business but have
> just started coaching and consulting in education. If you are interested
> in starting a dialogue please let me know.
>
> Sportively Yours,
>
> Sean
>
> Sean Brawley
> Imaginative Coaching
> 5100 Via Dolce #101
> Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
> 310-578-1738
> www.seanbrawley.com
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: pearson5@ticon.net
> To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
> Sent: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 13:01:47 -0600
> Subject: [Teacher-talkinquiry] (no subject)
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>
>
> Hi, my name is Ann and I am participating in a committee to develop a
> charter
> school within our middle school that will focus on Inquiry Based Science.
> I
> am excited to be taking this online course and hope to gain the
> information
> needed to make our charter school a success! I look forward to
> communicating
> with those of you who are also taking this course
>
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