Recently I was watching a college athletic game on TV, and when the teams took a timeout, I noticed some things.
One coach crouched down with his team around him and went over future plays. While the coach explained plays, every player was listening in and paying attention. Not one player was zoned out, tying shoes, wiping sweat, or gawking at fans. When the timeout ended, the players headed back out onto the court with a renewed focus and energy.
This left me wondering...
What if teachers behaved more like coaches?
What if lessons were coordinated plays, allowing students to play to their strengths?
What if students approached every learning opportunity with a big-game mentality?
What if teachers could keep every student's head in the game?
How would motivation, engagement, and learning change with coach-player roles?
These questions need answers.
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