Working on establishing routine and skill and drills. Form is everything especially with developing bodies and minds. So, the drills will be a part of every practice and over time, these broken down elements of running will be a part of their routine.
Each girl expresses interest in HS track and drills will be a huge part of speed work, especially in the track season.
Coach (me): This is hard, but what have you done that is difficult that gets easier with some practice?
I was hoping this was brilliance they would ponder and realize the answer was “riding a bike, swimming, playing guitar….”.
“Girls in particular seem to benefit from athletics: Participation reduces the chances of developing heart disease and breast cancer, cuts rates of unplanned pregnancies, lessens obesity, and boosts body self-esteem. And the advantages extend into adulthood: Four out of five female business executives played sports as kids, and women who go on to play sports in college are 25 percent more likely than those who don’t to develop political aspirations.“
“What organ in your body is your greatest enemy when you run?” I ask.
I get various replies: legs, feet, heart.
“Yes, your legs do get tired and your feet can get fractured and yes, your heart is critical for pumping the necessary oxygen, via your blood to the muscles that move you. But there is one that gives up before all of these.” I look around to see if I am getting anywhere and I can see some smile as I explain it is their brain.
“Your brain will quit first. It gives up and tells the rest of you to follow. We don’t stand a chance unless we change our mind about running”.
I believe that once the team of 15 girls conditions their mind to push through pain and see the value in being uncomfortable, their minds will condition their hearts literally and figuratively. These bright lights, fifteen girls with various goals for the year, will become lamps on an unbroken path.
This one of kind, inaugural middle school girls team will lead the way into what I hope is a new tradition for young ladies who believe their bodies were made to break barriers and records of all kinds.
I’m off to NYC next week to compete for NYRR and for my Jaguar girls. If you feel inclined, please visit my fundraising page as we are so close to our goal!
I overcame many health and financial obstacles in my youth through the disciplines and fruit of sport (running).
This fall, I am running the Staten Island Half Marathon to raise money for a great program (New York Road Runner-NYRR) that provides resources and coaching for children who aim to participate in track and field/road racing.
I am using NYRR programs for my own girls middle-school training program that will begin in early in October. Through their free resources, I will be able to provide a structured format geared towards the middle-school age and aptitude. This will be the first running program of its kind for this particular age group and demographic, in Pinellas County.
You’re in a wedding next weekend and need glam without debt.
The window in your bathroom won’t shut, you left gum in your pocket and now it is all over everything in the dryer.
Do you call a mechanic, salon or plumber? Should the Maytag man come out and take a look?
If you’re me or any one of the millions of digitally connected people in the world you don’t call anyone. You YouTube.
And what you might not realize is that each time you teach yourself something via YouTube or any other bite sized knowledge transfer mechanism, you’re participating in a science.
This is the same science, theory and study I use to create and design curriculum. It’s called heutogogy, which is the study of self-determined learning.
Earlier this year, I was honored to demonstrate how I use this practice to create learning resources at DemoFest 2016, a part of the Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando Florida.
If you go to the eLearning portion of this site, you’ll find the DemoFest entry.
I’ll break down heutogogy using the module to show you how it works and how I work for my audience:
-Metacognition: UPC 101 tells the learner right up front what they should expect to learn from the module. Laying out clear objectives helps the audience, your learner organize their experience. There’s no doubt they’ll be thinking about their thinking!
-Needs Assessment: I can never assume my audience knows nothing or everything about the subject matter at hand. Therefore, in UPC 101, I ask the learner to create a K-W-L chart so they can informally measure what they already know about UPC’s, what they want to know and then as they progress through the module, what they have learned.
-Asynchronous: This means accessible at their convenience. Your entity should have a learning management system (LMS) to make learning available 24/7. This makes your creation accessible at the crack of dawn or over lunch- the learner gets to choose.
-Micro: I incorporated short videos throughout the module to introduce topics in a bite-sized way. I try to emphasize that the learner can become an expert in a fraction of the time it might usually take. Remember adult attention spans are less than a goldfish these days, so the pressure is on for us instructional designers!
So take a page from Google and use your skills to teach in a way that is user/learner directed.
No one whats to be told what to do but you, the powerful ID behind the curtain, can sure steer them somewhere.
With that, I leave you with my Grandfather’s favorite sign off…