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Giving AF (Part 3): Environments for Exploration

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Jereme Sanders   Part 1: Trust & Honesty Part 2: Awareness Before Advice   Through building this circle of awareness we can more effectively share discoveries rather than simple techniques. For example, often times in my own life it has been discovering the epiphany of a new technique, a breakthrough in strength/mobility or the overcoming […]

Giving AF (Part 2): Awareness Before Advice

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Jereme Sanders   Part 1: Trust and Honesty   “To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure   The next step, which should be happening concurrently with the first, is that of  our awareness of the […]

Giving AF (Part 1): Trust & Honesty

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Jereme Sanders   [AF in this instance means ‘Actionable Feedback’, but secondary title to this series is “Student Centered Teaching Practices”]   As a teacher we want to make sure we find the right answers for the problems that arise in our students. The answer may not always be the ones we are used to, […]

Curiosity Part 4: Unconditionality

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Austin Einhorn   We’ve already discussed that chasing your curiosity isn’t always going to result in candy and funny stories. Sometimes it’s going to result in nothing and sometimes it’s going to dust up uncomfortable emotions and hard truths. All but the most curious coaches will want to turn-heel and run. But that’s what I’m […]

Curiosity Part 3: Kill the Cat

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Austin Einhorn   LINKS TO PART 1 & PART 2 It’s hard to foster curiosity in athletes when you are an incurious coach. Athletes and coaches are submerged in an incurious culture where the norms are repetition and monotony rather than exploration and learning. What’s worse, sadly, is that many people think machine-like repetition is learning. When I look […]

Curiosity Part 2: Assumptions

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Austin Einhorn   Professional and collegiate athletes come into my gym all the time repeating nonsense from their other coaches (or the Internet and social media). They tell me what they think their problem is, “Austin, my glutes don’t contract.” I ask, “How do you know they are not contracting?” They realize they’re not sure, “My glutes just — […]

Curiosity Part 1: Beyond Assumptions

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Austin Einhorn   Consider the following lines: What do you see? Yes, there are two lines and a space between them. But what else could it be? What could it symbolize? What might bridge the two sides? The curious mind recognizes the gap and searches for what may exist in the space. Now, anything could […]

Pokes & Provokes

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Sevinc Gurmen   A Series of Philosophical Posts.     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Sevinç Joy G. (@joy_g_wild)     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Sevinç Joy G. (@joy_g_wild)     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Sevinç Joy G. […]