So this article, "Coach taught, or player learned" (link below), highlights 5 things John has learned about learning:
- Athletes learn when they are SELF-motivated; intrinsic learning and guided discovery are vastly superior for retention/learning.
- The reward of athletes is achieving the goal, so take advantage of that in your teaching process.
- Deliberate practice, aka focused on what THEY are interested in, maximizes the learning process.
- Coopetition, cooperation and competition, makes for the best learning by athletes. We learn best, and the most, when we collaborate with others.
- That which you teach, you learn. The more athletes have to explain something to others, the better they get it.
Sometimes as developers we make assumptions (we are only human :) ) . And often times those assumptions are incorrect. It's through explaining something to somebody else that we realize fallacies in our reasoning. And through that explanation we learn and grow as a team.
With that said, I would encourage everyone to take the time to explain the Why, the How, the What to somebody else unfamiliar to not only learn yourself, but to also teach others.
I highly recommend reading this article when you have 10-15 minutes and are looking to further your understanding of learning: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Features/2015/January/23/Coach-Taught-or-Player-Learned
Special thanks to Paul Hepworth for asking me to explain my understanding to him, thus ironing out assumptions I had made about our environments and leading to further learning.