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Tutor Thursday: Goal Setting | Aqua Fun Academy

This Tutor Thursday we are going to discuss education and the value of teaching goal setting to students. Goal setting is a fundamental skill which is applicable to various facets of life. We touched on the use of this skill on a Swimming Fit Friday. For more on that see the link at the bottom of the article.

Tutoring ThursdaysGoal setting includes the understanding of how to plan for short and long term goals, setting tangible and realistic goals, and taking the responsibility to act and then self-evaluate the results from each goal. Unfortunately, many teachers do not emphasize the importance of goal setting in their classroom because they are simply so focused on content-knowledge of their own course.

Carol Dweck, in her book Mindset: The new psychology of success, presents the idea that people lead their lives with one of the two types of mindsets: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. According to Dweck, the fixed mindset is “believing that your qualities are carved in stone,” while the growth mindset is “the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.” Moreover, Dweck expands on this idea and states: “the passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset.”

This idea of the growth mindset is the core for student success. If a student is able to have long-term goals and not give up on them (even if they fail a test in school and so on), the student will, by the end, reach his/her objective.

The key here is to incorporate goal setting and trial and error in the classroom as one of our 21st century skills as it is an essential skill for living in the world and it is omitted in most core courses (such as mathematics, science, etc). If a student is able to fail many times, but get back up and continue to search for a way of how he/she will solve the problem, then, we as teachers, have given the student the right preparation to live and work in the world today.

Now, the question is: how do we (the teachers) prepare the students to have this skill? And how will we assess that the students were able to understand and apply this skill to their lives?

Just keep reading, until next weeks’ Tutor Thursday!

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In reference to the beginning of our Tutor Thursday I present to you, Goal Setting in Practice: https://www.aquafunacademy.ca/swimming-fit-friday-goal-setting/

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Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House.

 

Goal Setting

Tutor Thursday

Tutor Thursday: Customized Learning

On this week’s Tutor Thursday we are going to discuss customized learning and its benefits for the student. Before we do that though, let’s review what we discussed on Feedback last Tutor Thursday:

  • Tutoring allows for lots of constructive feedback.
  • Dialogue between the tutor and the student leads to a clearer understanding of material.
  • Students feel more confident throughout their performance.
  • Students learn how they learn.
  • Students know what to ask to get to that high level of understanding.
  • All students learn differently.

Tutor ThursdayKeeping in mind that all students learn differently, customization can have a large impact on the students’ development and overall success. Due to the nature of the relationship between the tutor and the student, the tutor has time to customize their lesson plans to the students’ learning styles.

The big three learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (or tactile). That being said, these groupings are not always mutually exclusive, and there tends to be overlap. People are usually some combination of the three.

Tutor Thursday

Tutor Thursday presents: The three different learning styles.

Through customization, it is also possible for the tutor to assist students with developing the weaker aspects of their learning style. For it is through practice that we improve, and sometimes encountering our weakness are unavoidable. Especially since our students are often tested in the same standard format in school.

By developing their weakness into strengths, we increase students’ chances of success in a fairly rigid and uncompromising world. As parents, teachers, and educators, giving our children the tools to go out into the world and get what’s there. As well for us at Aqua Fun Academy that is not just our dream, that is our goal.

The students benefit the most when constructive feedback and customized learning are employed regularly in their continuous learning process. Until next Tutor Thursday!

 

Customized Learning

Swimming Fit Friday Natation Forme Vendredi

This weeks’ Swimming Fit Friday – Goal Setting

This weeks’ Swimming Fit Friday we are going to talk Goal Setting and getting started.

Well into our second month of 2018, congratulations you made it! For those us of who were quick to make up new years resolutions, maybe some of us have fallen off the horse. On the other hand some of us may be late to making major changes. If this is you, there’s no time like the present. A good friend of mine said it’s good to start things on a Monday, keeping that in mind we’ll spark a fire to get active on a Fit Friday, prep over the weekend and hit the ground running on Motivation Monday!

SMART, that’s the acronym those of us working to be successful follow. Take the time to read these questions provided by the SMART acronym when that light bulb goes off.

Swimming Fit Friday

Swimming Fit Friday:
Alex and Eamon going over SMART goals with their swimmers.

SMART stands for:

  • Specific: What do you want to achieve?
  • Measurable: Is this goal something you can measure?
  • Attainable: Can you accomplish this goal?
  • Relevant: Does this goal add value?
  • Time: What is the time frame we are going to do this in, and is it reasonable?

It is through this method we filter our ideas and get specific, and start to make real progress. Take this tool and share your SMART goal with someone you care about, hold yourself accountable to your goals. Through sharing we are now accountable to ourselves and those we shared it with.

 

 

Swimming Fit Friday

Swimming Fit Friday: Swimmer practicing Front Crawl.

Let’s look at an example:

S – Swim Freestyle 100m in under 2:00m

M – Yes, because we can use a timer to verify success

A – Yes, because I know how to perform basic Freestyle

R – I am training for ASAC

T – The ASAC meet is in 4 months

Understanding that this is where we want to be in 4 months time, we can add milestones throughout our journey. This can be checked at the end of each practice, or at the end of each month. Having Milestones in addition to our SMART allow us to re-evaluate our plans to attain this goal.

We’ll that’s all for this weeks Swimming Fit Friday. All the best!