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Old 01-06-2012
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Originally Posted by Mike from NS View Post

And a side "story".....
Yesterday while skiing, it began snowing. Riding the chairlift I had a clear visual of what separating water molecules might be like if we could see that. As the snow flakes fell I separated them for a clearer path. Yes, that's a stretch -- but it came to mind and it was a visual I took to the pool today !

This is great...I don't know if there is a specific name for this type of learning (if not there should be), but bringing experiences from one sport or activity into others can really help people learn new movements or concepts more easily. I will use the snowflake analogy with my students durign the winter months. :)

The other day one of my students shared a skateboard analogy with me...something he was doing in the water reminded him of the sakteboarding movements and it was teh bridge that allowed me to connect what I wanted him to learn with what he'd already experienced.

Thanks for the story!
Suzanne Atkinson, MD
Level 3 USAT Coach
USA Paralympic Triathlon Coach
Coach of 5 time USA Triathlon Triathlete of the Year, Kirsten Sass
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