In his previous blog post, FA Skills Coach Dom Edwards introduced us to the Cognitive Acceleration (CA) model he is using to help young players develop their thinking and playing skills. In this article Dom gives you a brilliant session plan to start incorporating CA into your training sessions. This is applied sport psychology in action:
In the second of my posts surrounding ‘Cognitive Acceleration’ theory I will attempt to explain a session I have recently delivered with an explanation of why I used the techniques while striving relate them to CA theory.
I used the technique to develop the understanding the children have around attacking play in football. The process described below encouraged players to use abstract thinking through the problems set and challenges given.
If we think about the stages of learning related to:
Collecting new information
Challenging learnt information and
….then the CA approach is capable of working in all 3 and therefore can be used to differentiate large groups as different tasks can be set within the group.
The following session hopes to challenge any preconceived ideas surrounding attacking in football (which in young children there are many) but also to provide new information to some.
The group I used were a group of 30 Year 5 pupils at a Primary School. They have mixed ability and a varied interest in sport in general. I chose this group to work with to show that this approach can be used with any group you have access too.
It is important that the learning outcome is shared with the learners, in this case the learning outcome was;
We Are Learning To: Explore the different ways to attack in football.
This Is Because: ? (I used a question mark here as I wanted to straight away generate discussion around how many ways there might be to attack)
The session is split into 3 parts to explain the process of the approach….