Dan speaks to coaches Mike Pope and Rhys Williams about how they’ve used what they’ve learned from reading Doug Lemov’s book: A Coach’s Guide to Teaching.
Here are some of Doug’s thoughts after listening to the podcast
Until it comes unprompted when we aren’t reminded to think about it, we probably haven’t learned it.
“Interleaving is always with something you’ve already talked about.” Hugely important clarification for coaches that I hadn’t thought to make… though I will now.
On shortening the feedback loop. It’s not just hearing feedback as close as possible to the mistake but using the feedback as close as possible to hearing it. that was a great formulation of an idea I hadn’t quite locked in as clearly.
The bus route doesn’t change it’s just what stop we’re on. (Think about Rhys’s six week plan).
Dropping skills practice in to the midst of game training to interleave is a fascinating idea.
Here are the key areas Dan, Rhys and Mike discussed:
Rhys’s six week plans: how they work in the context of what he took from the book
Using feedback more effectively: examples, scenarios and maintaining flow in the session. Plus shortening the feedback loop
How interleaving makes learning stick
How the Forgetting Curve works for rugby players
Tough feedback which creates pressure
Desirable difficulty in training
Rhys is a youth rugby coach, plus works with Saracens DPP.
Mike is a school’s head of rugby , senior mens coach, plus a lead coach with Bath DPP.
Here are some further notes from Rhys:
I mentioned Practice Perfect: 42 Rules For Getting Better at Getting Better, written by Doug Lemov with Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi. I read it straight after The Coach’s Guide To Teaching and I think it’s a very useful companion piece. It breaks down the principles that underpin really good practice, including:
ENCODE SUCCESS: Engineer your practice activities so the right actions are encoded in your mental circuitry to become habit.
PRACTICE THE 20: 80% of your success will come from 20% of your behaviors so practice the most impactful 20% to accomplish your goal.
LET THE MIND FOLLOW THE BODY: Automate skills so you’ll use them before you consciously decide to.
REPLACE YOUR PURPOSE WITH AN OBJECTIVE: Measure and define specifically what you’ll be able to do once mastering your goal.
ISOLATE THE SKILL: Identify and name each technique you’ve identified as an important building block for peak performance.
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