Monday, August 27, 2012

Teachers are Coaches

Let it be known that I am a huge (talking Mount Everest huge) Ohio State football fan.  Yes I bleed scarlet and gray.  And yes I am busy every Saturday starting in Sept. through November watching my Buckeyes.

Our family on the MI shoreline - celebrating OH-IO!

“Did you push yourself to be great today? Because if you didn’t you lost a day.” Urban Meyer, 2012 

Now that you are familiar with my background,  last week I watched ESPN series: All-Access: Ohio State Training Camp.  It was 5 shows 30 minutes long that allowed the viewer on the inside of training camp.  I thought I was watching the show because I love my Buckeyes, but on Friday after the last show I walked out of the room thinking about the words the coaches used to encourage the players.  I am huge proponent especially after my summer virtual learning with Opening Minds about how our word choice impacts our students.  Here are some analogies football vs. classroom.  Really we are not too far apart.

Here is a video to help you understand "juice."


  1. Talk about perfect timing! I am reading aloud Wonder to my 6th grade class right now and we just happen to get to the chapter on Mr. Browne's Precepts. I was able to share this with them as we discussed the September Precept and then had students write about what it means to them. Thanks for the teachable moment!

  2. Thanks for your comments. How exciting that the blog connected with Wonder I will have to remember that when I read it to my class this year.