Skill, Interest, & Circumstance


Jenn Pilotti   On June 14th, Max Park, a 21 year old with autism spectrum disorder who, at age nine, couldn’t open a water bottle because his hands were so weak, solved a 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube in 3.13 seconds. He set a new world record, breaking the previous record of 3.47 seconds that was set […]

Stage Fright & the Nervous System (Part 2)


Amelia Chan   [Part One]   I cannot even tell you how often students come to me asking for a lesson right before an audition or a performance. Or this: I’ll contact you for a lesson when I’ve practiced and “learned” my piece/program. It is such a classical music world thing where all our lives, […]

Cultivating a Skeptical Mind


Craig Mallett   Despite diving quite deeply into an esoteric tradition of spiritual cultivation, I was and still am a very skeptical person by nature. If someone talks to me toting stories about enlightenment and energetic prowess, I’m even now usually inclined towards doubt, or at the very least to see it as just a […]

Learning & Play: You Have to Want It


Dare Carrasquillo   “But because we do not have real robust diverse communities of care, with diverse multicultural behaviors of coherence, we are instead siloed into capitalist bubbles of individuals, each person burdened with the weight of a thousand inaccurate concepts.”   I’ve said a lot of things. I’ll likely say more. I never believed […]

Spectacular Okay-Ness

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Learning Strength


Jenn Pilotti   I recently took up pole dancing. My sister thinks I am having a midlife crisis which, though it may be accurate, isn’t the reason I felt compelled to begin flipping upside down on a solid vertical object. In actuality, the act of learning how to navigate my body around a pole gave […]

Performance and Learning in PE


Alex Sporticus   “Finally, given that the goal of instruction and practice— whether in the classroom or on the field—should be to facilitate learning, instructors and students need to appreciate the distinction between learning and performance and understand that expediting acquisition performance today does not necessarily translate into the type of learn- ing that will […]

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 […]

20 Mistakes Made in 20 Years of Teaching Physical Education


Alex Sporticus   Physical Education is not inherently good. Children and young people will not automatically improve their movement, health, academic success or their pro-social behaviours just by participating in the subject. To achieve that we need to become more intentional with how we shape PE, what we fill it with and how we offer […]

Wall Play

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Strengthening Wisdom


Jenn Pilotti   One early morning in 1983, Lieutenant Petrov carefully watched the computer screen in front of him in a secret command center outside of Moscow. Alarms sounded, signaling missiles had been launched from the United States. Rather than immediately alerting his superiors who would, in turn, aim and fire a nuclear bomb in […]

Lifespan & Learning


Jenn Pilotti   One of the things that happens when you read books from similar, but different, areas is the observation of common themes. I have heard it said that there is no new information, only old information that is presented in new ways. While this isn’t exactly true because of advances in science and […]

Moving at the Speed of Trust


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General Preparatory Studies

Name Of Wind

Dave Wardman   I had three quotes in mind for this piece but have only found two of them. Not to matter, as this will be a topic that I will return to a number of times and add depth to.  It is something I have an ongoing curiosity with. The basic premise is something along […]

Addiction & Having Enough


Christian Paev   ”Such answers illuminate that the addiction is neither a choice nor a disease, but originates in a human being’s desperate attempt to solve a problem: the problem of emotional pain, of overwhelming stress, of lost connection, of loss of control, of a deep discomfort with the self. In short, it is a […]

Work, Play, Learn

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Nick Konow       View this post on Instagram   In a sped up reality of fast-forword consumption, set on getting to the meat of things, the “what’s in it for me?”, the “teach me the most efficient HACK to personal well-being and greatness and please GOD let it be digestible and easy!”, I […]

Crammed Vs. Distributed Learning

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Jason Round     View this post on Instagram   FATIGUE, SWEAT, & BLOOD: “massed learning” is the textbook cramming the night before a big test as opposed to little and often throughout the week. Massed learning is generally considered inferior to its goody two-shoes counterpart (distributed learning), although it really comes down to the […]

Spend Time with the Knowledge You Have


Tom Morrison   I’m just back from a few days away and as much as I’d like to tell you I had an epiphany or a moment of realisation that would let me tell you how to live your life…….!! …. I did not. I ate battered chicken and drank some wine… Had a cuddle […]

A Curious Cultural Experiment


Christine Ruffolo   For many reasons and convergences of fate, I recently took on the assignment of coaching high school volleyball.  It was a sport I knew very little about and had the least experience coaching and playing.  It was also a position to lead JV2, traditionally known as the ‘freshman team’.  I was the […]