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Teaching like Questlove

Quest Love is my favorite drummer. Truthfully, I don’t know a lot about drummers, and I don’t really love his drumming. I don’t even know enough about drumming to love anyone’s drumming. I do like The Roots and I love watching them on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. What makes him my favorite drummer, though, is that he does so much besides drumming. I’m pretty … Continue reading Teaching like Questlove

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Measuring Coaching Success (Part 6): Final Thoughts

At the beginning of each season, our team sets goals together; some have to do with winning – games, conference, playoffs – while others are more abstract – great team chemistry, mastering team defense. The truth is that goals like great team chemistry, mastering team defense, or any other abstract qualitative goal is because we think it will lead to winning (which it should). As … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 6): Final Thoughts

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Measuring Coaching Success (Part 5): Me, Myself and I

So I saved the hardest for last. Probably because it’s hardest. Maybe because I needed a lot of time to think it through. As you’ve seen from the previous posts, I have obviously questioned whether our team under achieved this season, and I put most of that on myself. The success of individual player’s and the team feel like my responsibility. Similar to the other … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 5): Me, Myself and I

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Measuring Coaching Success (Part 3): Getting better or getting worse?

Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers Prior to the season, I listened to John Wooden’s biographer talk about his pyramid and how he measured his team by effort rather than wins. Obviously that’s a bit easier to say when you’ve won 10 national championships, but there’s something to be said for the attempt … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 3): Getting better or getting worse?

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Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers

Read Part 1: Reflections on a season past My high school football coach used to tell us that high school sports weren’t meant to be fun, they were meant to be rewarding. I’ve never fully subscribe to this belief, but completely understand his sentiment. My son’s under-8 YMCA games are meant to be fun. There is a scoreboard, but you generally shouldn’t care much about … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers

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The emotional balance of coaching

While being an assistant head of lower school is my main job, my role as high school coach can become difficult to put to the side at times. We are nearing the end of our basketball season, and this has been a long one. After five years as head coach though, maybe they all are. It is a job we do out of love for … Continue reading The emotional balance of coaching

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Ten (or Eleven) books that tell the story of my reading life

As the year closes out and Top Ten lists pop up everywhere, I thought I’d get in on the game, but take a different route. Recently, my friend Danny Bauer shared the first book he remembered reading as a kid – Danny the Dinosaur – and what made it so memorable for him. He also asked our group to share the first book we remember … Continue reading Ten (or Eleven) books that tell the story of my reading life

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The Art of Teaching

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  – Maya Angelou (or possibly someone else) If there ever was a quote that represented teaching young children, it is this. This morning, I had the opportunity to attend a memorial meeting for worship for a teacher who taught kindergarten at school … Continue reading The Art of Teaching

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Put the politics and burning shoes aside, an important message is getting lost

So, for now, while shoes burn and talking heads discuss the economics of Nike’s ad, I’ll let my son watch these images as many times as he can, and I will believe in the potential power of those words. Continue reading Put the politics and burning shoes aside, an important message is getting lost

Measuring Coaching Success (Part 4): Core Values

Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers Measuring Coaching Success (Part 3): Getting better or getting worse? Every season is different. Even the slightest change in players, schedule, unforeseen circumstances, can shift the trajectory of a team pretty dramatically. Without preparation and shared values, this shift can be even more dramatic. As you listen … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 4): Core Values

Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past

Our team closed our season yesterday with pizza and ice cream, crowded around a TV in my house watching college basketball games. I made the obligatory coach’s speech before I handed the seniors a memento to remember their final season of basketball at our school. (A framed version of the quote above.) We’ve had a week and a half since our final team meeting and … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past