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Supporting Learner Experience: Re-imagining Coach Education and Development

Introduction I have been thinking about what coach educators do in the context of Joi Ito's observation: Education is something that is done to you. Learning is something you do for yourself. Two job descriptions and a Will Richardson post have helped focus my thoughts about learner experience this week. One job description is for a Performance Pathway Coaching Lead at the English Institute of Sport (EIS). The second is for a Performance Coach Manager at the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). Will's blog post is titled 'Cultures of Perpetual Learning'. Performance Coaching The EIS Performance Pathway Coaching Lead will have responsibility for ensuring "an optimal supply...

The sound of silence: socialisation in and at play

This weekend, the North Shore Football Association in Sydney is promoting a weekend of silence on the sidelines "to raise awareness of respect on the field for players and referees". At the Braidwood Recreation Ground this morning, the Under 5s' play was delightfully silent. Each Saturday, over 100 children take part in the sessions organised by Palerang United. Our family has been inducted into sideline support as a result of our two grandchildren joining the fun. What has been fascinating about the Under 5s has been the connection between parents and grandparents as they edge their children and grandchildren towards relative autonomy....

Accidental Connectivism and the Impulse to Write

Writing has been on my mind a lot lately. Perhaps because I have been thinking about writing I am finding stimuli everywhere and everywhen. I realise that it may be that I am an 'accidental connectivist'. The most recent stimulus was George Siemen's blog post Teaching as transparent learning. In the post George explores the idea of learning by sharing: My work on blogs, articles, handbooks, and so on is an invitation to engage in conversation, not a proclamation of what I absolutely know. He adds that Will Richardson (see, for example, New Reading, New Writing), Terry Anderson, Stephen Downes, Grainne Conole,...

Point of Departure: Food for Thought 1.1 (W to S)

I have been away enjoying the Australian summer but I have been thinking about this post for some time. Last year I posted a list of the sites that nourish my thinking about teaching, learning and educational technology. During 2009 I am going to write about these sites as a synthesis of themes and links. I hope to post once a week to capture something of a week's news and discussions. It is my way of responding to and contributing to communities of practice that are growing by sharing (Kim Marshall, Beth Kanter and Richard Byrne are the most...