90% Continual Movement

When I was growing up, I was a CanSkate assistant. I had passed all the badges myself and was old enough to lead a group of younger skaters to teach them the basics of the sport I love. When I think about it, it was my first opportunity to be a teacher.

One of the key delivery standards of CanSkate is 90% continual movement. In other words, the skaters should be moving 90% of the time they are on the ice. Not standing there watching their coach demonstrate the perfect technique. Not standing there waiting their turn to show their coach what they can do. Moving. Doing. Skating. At least 90% of the time.

In the skating world, this has practical reasons. Skaters standing still get cold. But more importantly, you can’t learn to skate by watching other people skate (if you could, I’d be an Olympic gold medalist by now). You learn to skate by skating.

This delivery standard has stuck with me.

In my classroom, are my students busy doing? Not just watching a demonstration or waiting their turn while the teacher calls upon other students to answer questions? How can I maximize the time my students are making, participating, trying, falling, getting back up – actively learning?

90% continual movement.

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