Locked doors, headaches, and intellectual need | Affording Play
Mathematics, and how to teach both old and new math, and how to program.
The concept of the "locked door, and the key."
I have a door that is locked. How do I get through it? You use a key. How do you respond when you are presented with another locked door the next time? You search for the key.
We want to teach our swimmers to have the keys to their success :)
Introduce a "problem" and then offer a series of solutions to solve that "problem"
You can swim like an Olympian some day. We can get you there. Here is a video that shows you what it looks like.
Watch the video, then attempt to swim like this.
Can't swim exactly like an Olympian? We can get you there:
Do these drills:
One arm only Free
Now swim Freestyle again and attempt to swim like Olympian
These drills should help you swim better.
Introduce your locked doors before you offer the solutions.
In swimming: define where you want to go, and then offer solutions to how you get there.
Position 11: 3 things that you need to focus on to do it well:
Problem? How do you do position 11 well? You do those three things.
(we talk about position 11 in our first podcast: SIP 001)
Problem: Position 11 is really difficult!!! How can we make it easier?
** Why do we do position 11 at all during swimming? Every stroke moves through position 11. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly. Each arm stroke of every competitive stroke at some point moves through position 11.
Layers of problems, and offering multiple actionable solutions to fix them.
How do we provide self directed motivated learning in swimming? One of the steps of How to be an effective swimming lesson instructor is to inspire and motivate our swimmers to want to get better themselves; to be internally motivated.
You can find the website post about this game here: http://swimminglessonsideas.com/2015/06/02/swimming-game-100-point-swim/
We played this game about 10 times in the last few months. I have played it with swimming lessons with more advanced abilities and with our developmental swim team. For our pre-competitive group, who have mostly been swimming on the team for more than 1 year, it was an excellent great game. I found there to be a high level of engagement, reception to improved quality and of highest importance a huge boost in peer learning. The swimmers helped each other improve using language I would use as a coach on each other. In every instance of this game, there was at least one group that would band together and help each other out.
We did a general IM Set when we played the game:
4 x 50
4 stroke Fly then Fly kick the rest / Backstroke x 25
1st 25 is 4 strokes fly swim then Fly kick the rest of the length. Second 25 is backstroke swim.
4 x 50
Backstroke / Breaststroke x 25
Back down, breast back. Work on streamlines and open turns.
4 x 50
Breaststroke / Freestyle x 25
Do underwater pullouts, long glides, 2 hand touches, and good streamlines. Turn head to the side when breathing.
We offered the following reward for winners: 5 minutes to do whatever they wanted to do at the end of practice. The winning team could choose as a group what the whole team would do for the last 5 minutes of practice: game, set, anything.
The losing teams had to do either 100 free kick or 10 sit-ups and 10 push-ups.
What I liked and what I didn't like about it :
Good: Effective at first engaged everyone as a group in each lane
Okay: High quality swimming faltered as the game went on
Bad: Easy to really punish people which is not good for self esteem
Bad: Can single people out
Good and Bad: Coaches are extremely subjective when dealing out point subtractions. It is really easy to arbitrarily single out swimmers and punish them. Be careful. On the good side, it is easy to manipulate the points to make it a close game and more fun. Or to reward favorites, which can also be dangerous.
Good: Can be fun and team building
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Coach I work with talking about job history, philosophy of coaching
Fixed mindset, change mindset
Work hard and you will fail
Coach's role: games? No. Respect. Yelling doesn't earn it. Don't be feared.
Expectation of hard work and care.
Clarify and reword what head coach doesn’t address or explain well.
What makes a good swimmer?
Instill and teach your swimmers to have a change mindset. They're going to fail. It will happen. How can we mentally and physically prepare them for that reality, and give them tools they need to do well.
Constantly evaluate what swimmers are doing in the water and provide opportunities to recognize, adjust, and create new habits that lead to time and swimming success.
Create personal connection to inspire. Connection to swimmer to allow them to feel safe to say when they don't understand.
A good coach fosters a change mindset and provides the culture and environment that reinforces it.
Hard work doesn't always = success. Real world lessons. Hard work doesn't always mean swimming success. Coach effort. Coach excellence and get to failure and train that.
How to balance focus on times as rewards and effort.
What are the benefits? Are there even good examples of side glide that effectively teach freestyle breathing?
If you can do a streamline, do that first, then roll over on your side, put your top hand on your hip, and stack your hips. Rotate your hips and your shoulder to lean on your side. Breathe, and then put your face in the water and do it again.
The idea, is that you rotate your body to breathe which later on in swimming is generally the goal: connect your hips and your arms as they move on freestyle to have the best swimming. You should breathe by connecting your head rotation to the side with your hips. Breathe when your hips rotate.
Side glide is a good tool to use to teach safety only: learn how to breathe the easiest? Or quickly while staying at the surface when you have no understanding of swimming freestyle well.
Our goal is to teach swimming well. #1 focus is to have a safe swimming, and have all our swimmers get in a pool or water of any type and be competent enough to swim at will and then exit the water. We want all participants to be able to leave the water on their own. To survive. Side glide will teach someone to struggle to breathe and maybe survive for a little while longer, but it does not teach how to swim freestyle well. With Swimming Ideas, we want to teach swimming well, and when you can swim well, you are comfortable enough and strong enough to get to the side quickly well, and to struggle well enough to save yourself.
What do you think? Does swimming well translate to being able to struggle to the side? Or do you think teaching survival swimming side glide with a safety focus is better and despite retraining later worth it?
Let me know. Comment below, or connect with me on Twitter: @swimmingideas or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I can think of three reasons to use sidestroke:
Use in lifesaving.
A teaching tool to illustrate what NOT to do when teaching breaststroke kick.
When you teach swimming lessons we want to make an effort to teach swimming strokes that our participants are going to use.
Sidestroke is an archaic swim stroke that is often glossed over and ignored today. We only mention sidestroke two different times.
1. During lifeguard classes when we are reviewing how to rescue someone without a tube.
2. When we are teaching breaststroke kick in swim team and participants do a side stroke instead of the correct breaststroke.
Have you taught sidestroke to anyone? If so, why? what was the intent?
What do you think about sidestroke and whether we should keep or ditch it?
Everyone is responsible, do not set one person as an outlier. Everyone is accountable. It is a cultural thing. Safety.
How do you create a culture?
Work as equals
Managers help out and "get their hands dirty"
Encourage others to call their coworkers if they don't show up
Outside of the job place
Give regular reviews where you focus on improvement not hostile negatives
Have regular meetings where you give productive and useful tools to succeed
Play favorites selectively
Recognize the leaders on your staff and encourage them to motivate others
Give them more authority or responsibility
Mentor your staff
Foster an apprenticeship system where new members are brought into the fold by an older more experienced team member
Say hi and learn about everyone else
Be consistent and clear with rules and discipline. Make it clear and transparent
Giraffe Neck for a long neck
Brontosaurus neck for a long neck on freestyle
Trampoline Soldiers for bobs
Carrot with leaves spinning for breaststroke kick in position 11
Giant toothbrush running in circles being chased by a tiny toothpaste bottle for brushing teeth in morning.
Use Images to create memorable associations. Images hold more information than lists or rote mantras.
A swimming coach is or should be:
Swimming coaches should be organized and well prepared. Swimming is a sport that depends upon developing a base and following a purposeful progression throughout a season and career.
A coach can learn, develop and enhance these qualities. Some of these skills may already be well developed; others may need improvement.
QUALITIES ATTRIBUTED TO THE COACH
Michael Josephson, a well known business ethics advisor, has said that we tend to think of ourselves in terms of our best intentions, but others tend to look at us based on our last worst act.
Books worth mentioning:
Why we never let participants struggle to swim
Not helpful teaching technique
Creates fear and distrust
Positive bank. What hurts you doesn't make you stronger, just pulls away from your positive bank 🏦
Encouragement and support produces healthy swimming longer term. Be kind and supportive to teach. Fear is worse than respect and love.
We can get results by being harsh instructors but it is not effective teaching techniques, it creates bad emotional associations with swimming. It creates negative feelings with water.
Best option is challenging support. Give clear commands and always lift or be there as a safety of needed. Never walking away or letting a swimmer struggle.
Why we do what we do in this lesson plan. Found inside Swim Lesson Starter Kit and SLI Complete Lesson Program
How much do you pay your private swim lesson instructors
How to you register for private lessons?
How much do you charge for lessons? Does it determine your PL pay rate?
Resources for private lessons
How we train new staff
What is White and Red?
Two introductory groups or levels for Starfish aquatics
White Trust and Comfort
Red Body position and air recovery
Fundamental philosophy of teaching swimming: struggle for air better than good technique.
Red mirrors much of level 1 in the SLI world.
They do lots of life jacket instruction. Okay, but needs a purpose, or at least guidance on how to integrate it into your program.
Ask where they are comfortable, drop down the checklist:
Remember be patient Start slow, be gentle and give clear incremental directions.
Important to remember: Start at the beginning, teach things you may think are trivial. Be explicit, take it slow, and attempt to identify fear or pain points. Use repetition and a gentle support to prod them through to next step. Break down each skill until you find their hesitation and do a repetitive action to address that fear directly.
We take an indepth look at the first day in a Level One class. Our goal for this class is teach the swimmers to:
In this episode I take you through each step of the first day in level one giving you a step by step explaination on each activity and why we do it in that order.
Our primary goal is to attack those three points to grow a swimmers confidence and competency in the water.
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