New MIT Work of the Future Research Explores How Work-Based Learning and Online Education Are Key Elements of Adult Training WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Having a sports psychologist helped Polish teenager Iga Swiatek win the French Open, and she thinks it can help others, too. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Some students in Champaign-Urbana are heading to a pop-up school to get their school work done.
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French Open champion Swiatek advises work with psychologists
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Having a sports psychologist helped Polish teenager Iga Swiatek win the French Open, and she thinks it can help others, too.
The 19-year-old Swiatek said Wednesday she drew a lot of support and strength from her work with sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz, who was with her during the two weeks of the Paris tournament.
“She understands me and she is a sports psychologist, so both on court and off court she is doing, with me, a great job,” Swiatek told The Associated Press.
“The mental side of tennis is really important,” Swiatek said in English.
It played an important role in her victory. Upon returning after the coronavirus stoppage, she put pressure on herself to win.
“I realized that it doesn’t have a good impact on my tennis and I’m not able to play as good tennis on match(day) as on practice (days), so we tried to change that and we did a great job and I’m really happy that the result of that job is (a) Grand Slam,” Swiatek said.
Swiatek became the first Polish tennis player to win the title at Roland Garros on Saturday, and since then “life changed completely.”
“I have to get used to this series of new things for me, and I think I’m going to need (a) few more weeks to reflect on it, on (the) whole tournament,” she said.
The success has whetted her appetite for more titles.
“My dream, my long-term goal is to win every Grand Slam and also a medal in Olympic Games, so this is going to be very tough for me,” Swiatek told the AP.
The past two weeks “showed that anything is possible” and that “I can actually achieve that and I’m going to do everything to do that.”
At the French Open, Swiatek also reached the semifinals in the women’s doubles tournament.
As a fan of men’s singles champion Rafael Nadal, and speaking at a news conference about possibly playing in mixed doubles tournaments, she said she hoped the Spaniard would “see the potential of this relation.”
Their paths already crossed in Paris this year.
“On the first day of the tournament I was warming up playing football with a Slovenian friend and Rafa’s bodyguard told us to stop, but seeing this he (Nadal) just waved his hand to show we should continue playing and I appreciate that very much,” Swiatek told the news conference.
“I just love Rafa’s style of game and I appreciate his dedication and the way he behaves as a sportsman, and I just really respect him,” Swiatek later told the AP.
At the French Open, Swiatek lost only 28 games in seven matches and became the first woman to win the title in Paris without dropping a set since Justine Henin in 2007. She is also the first teenager to win the women’s title at Roland Garros since Iva Majoli in 1997.
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Pop-up school offering students online learning help
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Some students in Champaign-Urbana are heading to a pop-up school to get their school work done.
La Escuelita is Spanish for The Little School House, a pop-up learning area for students who have had trouble with online learning.
“By providing a space for them to (be) able to safely go so they can get that help so they can get connected to their classes seems like a really important thing to do for them,” said Nicole Fitting, a multi-linguist teacher who first set up the outside learning environment.
Fitting wanted to make sure kids knew how to connect to their classes and make sure they stay connected.
“In order to make sure the students were connected, I went out there to meet with whoever ended up showing up to be able to connect their computers to Wi-Fi there,” Fitting told WAND News.
The number of students who showed up to La Escuelita kept growing, so leaders knew they needed to move to a larger space. They moved the learning support center to Stratton Elementary School. Here, students receive breakfast and get access to teachers, administrators and university students for help with their remote learning classes.
Darin O’Connel is one of the administrators for this learning space.
“It’s a good environment where they know they’ll have good internet and a quiet place where they can get connected and learn,” O’Connel said.
He said he loves being able to interact with students.
One of the classroom aides said he looks forward to coming and seeing the kids, but he can’t wait until there are more students once school resumes for in-person learning.