Micro-Affirmations

Katherine Rowe’s excellent essay ‘Throwing Like A Girl‘ struck a chord with a lot of people. Josh Nugent wrote:

[quote]As a teacher, one of the tools we use to improve participation in class by disempowered students (racial minorities, students with low levels of math success/confidence in previous classes) is this same micro-affirmation.[/quote]

[quote]The key here is that the affirmations need to be genuine, specific, and public. “You’re playing great today” is way less helpful to a struggling player than “that was a really good forehand break throw last possession.”[/quote]

That’s the real key to this piece, I think. It’s not just about teaching Ultimate, it’s about teaching anything. It’s the little acknowledgments of success — targeted ones — that do wonders for anyone learning a difficult new thing.

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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