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Becoming a Better Learner

If swimming was just about being fast, we wouldn't love this sport so much.

Researchers from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research have been involved in intensive testing, making it the world’s most comprehensive study into early years of swimming. The study shows young children who participate in early years swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population.

“Many of these skills are those that help young children into the transition into formal learning contexts such as pre school or school.” Lead researcher Professor Roby Jorgensen says.

Complete article, “Children who swim start smarter, study suggests”…

In the recent article “ Don’t Steal the Reps from Your Athletes” on the website Changing the Game Project Train UglyThe Learner Lab Podcast” is referenced. Train Ugly is on a mission to challenge and question EVERYTHING that we think we know about sports, education and development.

The Podcast has 10 episodes that talk about the different ways of learning. One of the episodes is about “Struggling on Purpose” it is only 28 minutes, take the time to listen on your next drive or walk.

About the podcast Struggling on Purpose - What can a college football program, a six year old, an auditing company, a HS basketball player, and Uber driving educator teach us about learning?

They show us that the only way we can grow is if we’re willing to step out of our comfort zone and struggle a bit.

Key Points

· We are always going to be bad first
This is one of the most simple, yet underrated rules of learning. In order to grow we have to be willing to sit through the valley of bad.

· Struggle is the price of admission we pay in order to grow
Whether we’re a beginner or expert we have to expand our comfort zone and struggle in order to grow.

· Jungle tigering is a choice
Every day we’re presented jungle tiger moments: problems, challenges, obstacles, and change. When it comes to learning we get to choose what to do with these moments. We can choose to experience them and learn from them (jungle tiger) or we can choose to hide from them and avoid them (zoo tiger). Jungle tigering will always lead to more struggle, but it also leads to more growth

· With a little creativity we can all jungle tiger more
In order to grow we need to find creative ways to expand our comfort zone, get better reps, and feedback.

Quick Links

· The Skateboarding Video

·  Yale Comfort Zone Research

· Alex’s Videos

· Learning Like a Jungle Tiger TEDx Talk

SCST Swimmers learn to swim easy and train hard.