SIP 044: Resetting when plans don’t work

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Learn when it is time to stop an activity and move on.


  • When you feel you’re forcing it
  • When participants are distracted by something else
    • Loud reset
  • When goofiness takes hold
    • Use a distraction skill: my go to is “jumps”
  • When participants are not “getting it.”
    • Reteach, or explain better
    • Too complex for intended group


Is it better to try something new and fail, than it is to only do what you know works?



Failure leads to success:


Article about school that grades character instead of using homework and standardized tests.


When you persevere, make attempts, fail, and then are corrected with help and direction success is earned and learned.


The process is important.


Swimming is so much easier than just “learning overall” we have a specific body motion goal we are working towards.


We can get there by making learning attempts for our participants.


Come up with interesting ways to provide the following key elements:

  • Specific skill/body motion
  • Multiple attempts
  • Challenging or fun activity to work on chosen skill
    • Sometimes challenge and fun is simply in act of doing it (streamlines can be fun – they’re fast).  Pulling super boost example
  • Consistent opportunity for feedback from instructor in a non-disruptive way.


How do you reset your instruction? Do you do it often? (goal is infrequent, but when you’re trying new things you need to know when to reset).


Let us know in comments below or on facebook or twitter.


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