Children should have the values of what they learn in the school curriculum reinforced on the field. The spatial relations and kinesthetic knowledge required to throw a ball touches upon what students learn in science; the ethics of sports figures and steroid use are addressed in social studies; the philosophical and spiritual importance of sports is discussed in great literature. Students can even have math skills reinforced by keeping track of team statistics. Learning about technology, such as how to use the web to engage in research, can easily be reinforced as children look up new sports drills, or even simply follow the careers of inspirational athletes who have values of which a coach, parent, and child can be proud.
Above all, I believe in student-centered learning. The experiences that the child remembers are those that he or she learns hands-on. The playing field and practice field are great teachers: a child who does not practice and does not try will not improve, and there is no way this can be faked.
In my instruction, I will strive to make information meaningful to my students by reinforcing fundamentals and past knowledge, even as I try to move the team forward. Not all children learn in the same way, but all children deserve the type of attention that will facilitate their learning.
Teach and learn with zest for life. Conquer a new obstacle everyday. Reach your goals. Keep an open mind. Sometimes it is necessary to let go of preconceived notions about yourself, such as oh, I could never run the mile in track, or baseball isnt any fun if Im not a pitcher. As I encourage my students to have a flexible attitude, I will demand the same standards of myself. Sports are fun — serious fun. Take them seriously, and you will experience the truest joy of play..