The healthy development of the whole person benefits from the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities. As a fitness professional I firmly believe that physical strength is the basis of all the things we want to do with our body in life: work, play, hike or catching the bus from the station, for example.
The concept of sport performance is at high stake in the swimming department programme of my school, led by Gil Levy, an elite swim coach at the national, international and olympic performance level. Gil came up with a comprehensive plan and he leaves no stone unturned on his way to achieve excellence, and this is one of the reasons that inspired and motivated me to get involved. The swimming performance training approach in our swimming team is centered on the following components: athletes’ neuromuscular factors, the psychological factors, environmental conditions and coaching and external support for the swimmers.
In leading the FitSwim strength and conditioning program I am ensuring that the neuromuscular components are being magnified through a systemic stress and a systemic response from the muscles during the strength sessions. We focus on the whole body as a unit, a system, instead of an isolated component. The system gets stronger and the components, too. It is an utilitarian adaption of simple biological principles of stress, recovery, and adaptation that we practice in our progressions.
The strength and conditioning program has a frequency of two sessions a week, with swimmers starting to train ar 7.00 am. Additionally, short technique sessions are performed during the holiday sessions or swimming camps. This tops up an intesive swimming training with some of the most commited athletes attending the sessions during school holidays.
In the upcoming posts I will share insights of our strength programme featuring the top swimmers in our school and Singapore. Until then, our swimmers are flying really high!
My name is Coni and im from Argentina🇦🇷, I’m 9 and I love gymnastics 🤸♂️ football ⚽️ and I also play tennis and I’m learning how to play the piano. I love to dance and play with my friends. My goals are to do the best that I can and never give up. To achieve my goals I’m always practicing and I never give up.
My message is “never give up on what you want to do”.
All too often we are finding ourselves in various locations around the world and, as international educators, we crave to see how our students evolve. We are wondering about the outcomes of our efforts and if lucky enough, we get a glimpse of what some of our students become. I am lucky enough to have met Coni, again, after 2 years, as her family spent a holiday in the city I teach.
This is the opener of the #Future Perfomers predictions series of blog posts: students that positively impacted my professional activity and that I am aiming to stay connected with.
In the rush of the last three weeks of school, I couldn’t miss the chance to connect with my students and the learning that happened this year. Technology is ubiquitous now days and I am happy that I have got a glimpse from my favorites partners in this learning journey: the students!
I created a Padlet for each grade that I work with and I have shared it on their grade Seesaw online portfolio. The aim was to enhance the value of all the learning experiences we have been through.
Then I edited a Google Form document for each grade that contained a set of relevant questions for the PE context. Since the end of the year is busy with events, I have managed to navigate and take from my free time and not their PE time, to apply the form and collect students’ answers.
The answers were nothing but simple thoughts that learners felt comfortable to talk about: While some “wish to do more swimming and dancing”, others dream to “get to run in the speed of light and getting a six-pack”. The students are “proud of working in a group and they wish they could “get better working independently”. Some they learn best “by making mistakes”, others enjoy “playing games, listening and asking questions”. “We should have chocolate or ice-cream fountains” and they feel very proud and motivated when playing Go Home, Stay Home and everyone is cheering their name.
Lastly I have worked in Canva to display an overall presentation of this reflection, including the Padlet and the answers.
I feel that the power of reflection may enable students to better express and acknowledge their achievements or areas of improvement and it constitutes a great opportunity to generate meaningful feedback. I would definitely use this experience in the beginning of the next academic year, when it can prove beneficial in harnessing information related to students’ prior knowledge. With an increased value of the pre- and formative assessments in learning, I am curios and excited about the road that lies ahead. It keeps me engaged and motivated on a path that I am passionate about: Learning.
Let’s connect if you want to exchange similar learning experiences or to find insights about this reflection!