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Learning, the act of acquiring knowledge, occurs when information is allowed in and mixed with previous experience—changes what we know. Learning is based on input, process and reflection. Learning changes us.
This week we want to touch on input. Is the information coming to you even being allowed in? An athlete cannot process or reflect on information that was never allowed in the first place.
Receiving input involves the following:
- Look at the person speaking to you—eye contact is best.
- Keep the passageway clear for sound to enter into your ears—slide the swim cap off your ears.
- Remain quite, one hand on the wall (if in the water) and hold still when receiving instruction.
- Lift your head up and stand/sit upright and straight.
- Avoid distractions—ignore them completely.
Swashbuckler vol 31 is posted in documents!
Swashbuckler can be found in Documents—scroll down—folder entitled “Swashbuckler”.
In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, “arete” is used to describe heroes and nobles. The tale often refers to strength, courage, and praises co-operation (relationship). Arete, is Greek for virtue or excellence. It was considered by the Greeks virtuous to excel—be the best you. At the Pirates we embrace arete, we embrace Excellence. The Greeks knew that by striving to develop one’s talents, practicing excellence, would not only develop the desired talent, but in the process, one would discover new talents.
The discovering of new talents is what helps children become better people. The treasures of being a Pirate isn’t just in the FUN and the FAST. The real gold is found in the process. Every time a child learns to stretch themselves they begin—to embrace arete, and begin to learn something deeper and more meaningful then a simple outcome.
We practice Arete by:
- giving our best to any skill we learn
- putting effort into our relationships
- sticking with the process
- embracing the hard