“ I took this text from Game Project Changing. What you thing about this? This week I wanted to share a guest blog from our great friend Todd Beane from TOVO Academy in Sitges, Spain. Todd is a huge advocate for evidence based learning, and in the post below he highlights something we see a lot; two coaches side by side, one seemingly teaching masterfully and the other herding cats. Which group is learning? Here are Todd’s thoughts:

Two coaches, two teams. Two distinct trainings.

I am perched with split vision over fields in a small town called Somewhere, USA. Both are wonderful coaches doing the best they can while treating the kids with the utmost respect.

Field One: The young athletes shuttle the ball between left foot and right. The progression leads to moving a bit forward and a bit backwards. So orderly. So organized. So pleasing to the eye.

Field Two: The young athletes trying to find and exploit space in context against defenders. So disorderly. So ill-organized. Far from pleasing to the eye.

Epiphany. I get it and here’s the deal.

Field One is palatable. But why?

Because we see so little error. Or the error is so slight that we do not have the metrics nor the manner to detail the micro-misfits. After all, this menial task appears perfection to the onlooking parent. Heck, I imagine the coach feels pretty good about the symmetry of it all. So organized, so pleasing. Wow, what a session.

Field Two is painful. But why?

The coach feels his stomach churn as the parents feel their eyes burn. Balls wayward, interceptions, and a few actions undefinable. Errors are more than detectable; they are as visual as they are visceral. Wow, what a disaster.

Parents pay for perfection. They tend to be less enthused about paying for the process that leads to it.

Thus, it begs the question. Which field do you prefer?

Field One: The illusion of learning.

Field Two: The process of learning.

We can line our children up, tether them to toys, and parade them about like show ponies. So organized, so pleasing to the eye. Or we can dig deep and build our children’s capacity to take on meaningful challenges with intelligence, skill, and character. Not pretty, but purposeful. „

found on facebook, written by Dejan Vukojicic

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