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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Right Way Works, Right?

Human bowling in Denton, Texas, USAImage via WikipediaWhen we're teaching kids how to perform skills we often say "This is how to perform this skill." but is this always correct?  If someone is performing a skill in a non-traditional manner, when should you try to "correct" the movement pattern?  Is there an optimal age? Tim Wolchko is bowling his way (and successfully at that) and since there are no rules as to how to deliver the ball - besides staying behind the line and knocking down more pins than your opponent - he's good to go. Makes me think of the thousands of times I've "corrected" and "taught" certain skills!  But I'm somewhat reassured that I also encourage exploration, guided discovery and divergent teaching styles so that students can be free to find a way that works for them.

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