How we learn to move — mini-review

Rob Gray’s How We Learn to Move is sure to become the go-to resource for any coach interested in the Ecological Dynamics approach to skill acquisition. The book is sub-titled “A revolution in the way we coach & practice sports skills”, and this is no exaggeration. A quite brilliant, inspirational read, for anyone who has …

The Spectrum of Sport Coaching Styles — mini review

I was very taken by Mosston’s classification of teaching styles with decision making as a central defining characteristic (see Reflections on and with Mosston’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles) — when the decisions are taken (pre-delivery, delivery, post) and by whom (teacher or learner) — so I was especially interested to see how the Teaching Styles …

Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction — 8.5 out of 10 ain’t bad

I posted last year on my understanding of Barak Rosenshine’s concept of “learner rehearsal” and how it might be applied in coaching. Rehearsal is a key concept in Rosenshine’s 10 Principles of Instruction, developed in the context of teaching in the classroom. Leaving aside, for now, the question of whether coaching for (sports or movement) …