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  • Tricia Friedman wrote a new post, Calling time-out., on the site Kindling for the Campfire 1 year, 7 months ago

    Sport Gestein flickr photo by WarrenMillerEnt shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
    “Do we want to measure skill as precisely as possible, or do we just want to feel alive?”
    The question above […]

    • Ciao Tricia,
      Okay, first, I’ve never even considered the idea of luck vs. skill in sports to this extent! Interesting research this guy has done! I’d be curious to see what a hockey player thinks of this analysis! While watching, I was thinking about how what was left of your post would tie back into education. I like the set of prompts you’ve developed to facilitate discussion, especially the one asking to evaluate the school’s success being attributed to luck or skill. I currently work at a school that has a wall celebrating the 7s earned on IB exams. I suspect that the decision to do this was made because they feel this demonstrates our success. But what of that can be attributed to luck or skill? There’s probably not one clear answer to that question. However, I think this is an interesting jumping off point for discussions for those wishing to pursue change in their classrooms and schools!

    • Hi Tricia,
      What a great video. I loved it. It really resonated with me because my Football team Leicester City defied the odds and won the Premier League last year. Amazingly they were 5000-1 shots to win the league. Was it luck or skill, probably a bit of both. The video also made me think of one of my favourite sports books Moneyball. Which is the story of Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s using statistics and analytic data to create a competitive baseball team.
      I think your prompts can create opportunities for schools and teams to really think about what they are offering students. In particular your question about who gets to take the shots? Do we get enough shots? Do we get enough time to work on different shots? is a great analogy and something that schools/teams/teachers should consider at the beginning of the new school year. I know I certainly will.
      Thanks for making me think.

      • Hi Joel, many thanks for your comment–I hadn’t thought of this being a start of year prompt (simply because I was writing it in June)–but you are right, many of the questions could work as a way to set intentions come August–thank you for that perspective!

    • Nicki–you are such the flatterer! I appreciate it. Your comment also makes me wonder how we can entice new players to simply ‘love the game,’ and not have worries about results. Thanks so much for your comment!

    • Hi Kim,
      Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful comment. Your thoughts remind me of the discrepancy I’ve seen between athletes and students–how sports are often seen as a way for young adults to bond and learn leadership. Surely we could be making more room for that in our classes as well?