How do we win in Sports?
Besides innate abililty/ advantage, such as height in basketball and volleyball etc. The two crucial factors are: The right coach and the number of training.
Lets assume the pupils are motivated enough to train.
There is only this much a coach can value add in terms of teaching methods. During my secondary school days, I learn volleyball from scratch, and I am a shortie, less than 1.6 m during secondary 1. I stupidly followed my "talent scouted" friend for additional training. My coach is kind enough to accept me into the training sessions.
We trained 4 times a week, with each session stretching to 7 p.m., during the holiday leading up to the competition, we train 6 times a week, from morning till evening.
Practice makes perfect. We spar with seniors, we train and train. There is no real variety in training methods, just drills and drills, and physical training to increase our speed and power and etc.
In the end, its the frequency that counts.
In teaching, we always share best practice. ICT lesson, experiential lesson, collaborative strategies. These are like the drills, and tools we used during sport training. Yes, different methods have varying effectiveness and some are more effective than others.
But it seems some are missing the forest for the trees, when the pursuit is in the type of teaching, rather than the teacher behind the teaching and the frequency of tool used. The most effective teacher and method might not be a fanciful lesson. It could be, but it need not be.
Just a weekend thought.