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The Shoe Game (a cheap dad’s perspective)

(Yes the shoes above are signed, game-worn Ron Anderson Pony basketball shoes. Read more to find out why anyone would ever consider putting them in a blog post.) A long time ago, before Zappos and even Dick’s Sporting Goods, there were mom and pop sporting goods stores that were basically the only place to get what you needed for the upcoming season. When I was … Continue reading The Shoe Game (a cheap dad’s perspective)

The number one job is taking care of each other

What if that were the mantra for a school? What if kids were able to go through a day thinking that it was as important for them to help others as it was to learn some skill or connect with their friends? How would your teaching or learning improve if you know that it was critically important to everyone else that you were taken care … Continue reading The number one job is taking care of each other

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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