In 2002, Harvard University Professor Robert Ferguson was interested in understanding why some students seemed to underachieve at school – especially boys from different ethnic backgrounds. Ferguson initiated the Tripod Project to evaluate a “tripod” of influences that he believed were essential for successful learning: Content – what you teach; pedagogy – how you teach it, and the importance of relationships in the life of the student. A simple logic underscored The Tripod Project: Each “leg” is important and balances the other. When applied to a sports coaching and teaching context the implications were clear: You may be a coach with a deep knowledge of sports (content), but if you don’t know how to effectively teach this content, the tripod is unstable. You may have excellent teaching skills but if you are poor at building and developing relationships with your students (athletes), again, the “tripod” is not balanced.
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I want you to think about your favorite PE teacher or sports coach. What was it about that person that made sport fun? How did they make you feel like you were a valued member of the team? Was it the way that they taught you? Perhaps they had a lively almost comical style that made you laugh. Did they make you feel that it was okay to make mistakes in practices? Did you like that coach because they would not allow teammates to tease you?