Clear summary of how skateboarding applies to learning. I love it when 'outsiders' and 'non-experts' are the little kids who proclaim in certain terms that the emperor has not a stitch on.
I especially agree with the statement that "being in the moment and trusting your intuition leads to new cognitive connections". Beyond a certain point of preparedness (and for me that is what can with comfort fit on a 3X5 card) nailing down the 'lesson' further is a prescription for failure or, at the very least, disappointment. It seems as if the more willful I am about what is to be learned, the less my students seem to learn, the less they are (jeez, I hate this word) engaged. If I am not seeing the body language of uncertainty, then I know something is wrong. I love/hate awkward questions, awkward silence, awkward answers but they almost always lead toward rather than away from the best learning.
So take a look at the the TEDx talk that inspired this post, apply some ideas to your own teaching and learning, and then see if you can "discuss, debate, and evaluate in terms of your own pedagogy."
"This TEDx talk by skateboarder Rodney Mullen fascinates and inspires me, not as skateboarder (which I am most definitely not) but as a teacher and advocate of hybrid pedagogy: Here are some of the ..."