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It’s good to be dyslexic – an alternative slant on the disorder

I’ve wanted to write this blog for a while now but never quite got the story right in my head (and it’s still not that clear so forgive me).

When I look at what is traditionally written by others on this subject I tend to come across words that are less than empowering, even simply referencing it as a disorder conjures up a perception of deficiencies (absence of something) rather than proficiencies (positive attributes).

Some thoughts on inclusion – It's just good practice

Please note this is not an equality and diversity piece, but it is a piece about ‘including all learners more often’….

I recently attended an online test learning event on ‘Equity in your Tutoring’. On listening to the presenter speak I began to recall previous views on this topic, as it seemed all the information and insight being shared was applicable to all learners not just those with a ‘special need’ or ‘additional need’ due to a life challenge (or social barrier etc.).

Learning shouldn’t be easy, it should be ‘Desirably Difficult’…

This blog is written in response to those who I hear say ‘we need to make learning easier’, those out there who believe in the ‘one page summary’ and that everything of relevance must be captured within ‘simple’ tasks….

Learning should actually be DIFFICULT the caveat being that learning should be ‘Desirably Difficult’, as phrase coined by Dr Robert Bjork, a cognitive psychologist at UCLA.

So what is it?

Accelerated Learning – Learning not to be an Expert!

By Kurt Ewald Lindley – Development Lead Officer (Coach Developer)

The catalyst for this blog came about when I asked myself the following questions.

  • should we strive to be experts?
  • how should we go about it?
  • do we need to be an expert to do something well or is good ‘good enough’?

In other words is being an expert the best aspiration to have? It may be better to be ‘functionally fluent’ in many areas than to be a master of one! Is being good, good enough?

Emotional Intelligence: The Secret Ingredient in Coaching

By Kurt Lindley: sports coach UK Development Lead Officer (Coach Development)

It is important that coaches understand their actions, behaviours, words and expressions can affect an athlete’s performance – and that coaching is largely a social activity, at the heart of which is an emotional bond built on trust between coach and athlete.

How do I mentor young coaches, what do they say they need?

Kurt Lindley Development Lead Officer (Coach Developer) 3 August 2012

Speaking with new young coaches about mentoring can sometimes be quite alien. It’s not a word they use to often and it’s not a role they may naturally consider when hoping to become a better coach. But ask them directly what would help them become better at what they ultimately want to be able to do and you will get some of the following responses.

Creating a Supportive Club Environment

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