As a kid, competitive swimming helped shape a lot of the routines and philosophies I have about hardwork, focus, and teamwork. Honestly, I was never a great swimmer - but my passion for the sport fueled my interest. Swimming gave me the opportunity to coach for 10 years in a wide variety of settings, from summer league to USA club swimming to high school. One thing I prided myself on as a coach was the ability to analyze the technical components of a stroke and help swimmers better understand how to improve their technique. As many educators know, teaching requires much of the same.
So, the question is - what skills do students need to think on a deeper level? And, how do we improve them?