Coaching Connection

So We Can All Grow ~ Feb. 12, 2020

Give Feedback Like an Athletic Coach!

Decades of education research supports the power of effective feedback in educaiton, but what is effective feedback? Great feedback can be understood by the acronym FACTS: Formative, Actionable, Clear, Timely, and Supportive. And do you know who gives the best feedback? Coaches!

Formative: Coaches give feedback each day during practice so athletes can develop skills each day, not just after the game has been played.

Actionable: The feedback they give is immediately actionable - "Lead with your other foot!" leads to an immediate opportunity to reshape their effort.

Clear: Can you imagine a coach telling an athlete that the play they just ran was an A-? Their feedback points out a clear place for improvement with a clear goal in mind.

Timely: Great coach feedback is given at the time of the effort, and given often.

Supportive: When an athlete knows the coach has their best interest in mind, they want to perform for that coach.

Take this classic example from the Journal for Educational Leadership:

“My daughter runs the mile in track. At the end of each lap in races and practice races, the coaches yell out split times (the times for each lap) and bits of feedback ("You're not swinging your arms!" "You're on pace for 5:15"), followed by advice ("Pick it up—you need to take two seconds off this next lap to get in under 5:10!"). … Then, he tells her something descriptive about her current performance (she's not swinging her arms) and gives her a brief piece of concrete advice (take two seconds off the next lap) to make achievement of the goal more likely. … [What if the coach] simply yelled out, “B+ on that lap!”

So think about ways you can bring out your inner coach and PLAY BALL!

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