Skilful summaries

CoachingHow we conclude a coaching session can make a real difference to the quality of the learning our students take away. In paddlesport coaching we classically use the summary to remind our students what stroke or technique we’ve just been working on and the three or four key coaching points that we want them to remember. This is often very coach-led but some of the most successful summaries I’ve seen have started with skilful questioning of the students and have been very paddler-focused. Asking our students to relay back to us what they have learned, including what they might have learned from each other, how they felt about the activity and where they think they might go to next can be incredibly effective. If you’re not already taking a back seat and letting your students take ownership of their learning, give it a try – you never know what you might learn yourself!

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