A colleague of mine that I have a great deal of respect for (OK – Calling her out – Amy Temples) was talking with me the other day in the hallway before we both headed into class. She made a comment along the lines of “I was on your blog and your were talking about how to do something, and it was like… do this step, then this step, then this step…. Like it was easy…. It is NOT easy”
I said something along the lines of “Well, it’s like anything else, the more you do it, the easier it gets”
What I should have said was “Well you make teaching health look easy, and it’s NOT!” or “You make coaching a softball team to a state championship (which she did this past season) look easy, and it’s NOT!”
We all have things … skills. … that we are good at, and that we feel comfortable and confident doing. We all have things that are a little outside of our comfort zone as well. Making a screen recording of a Hudl video is well inside my comfort zone, teaching a softball player how to throw a “riser” – outside.
I am not advocating that everyone do everything just like me – that would be a boring world. But what I am saying that if we ALL stretch and TRY things without fear of failure slightly outside (or way outside) of our comfort zone, we ALL get better. And as corny as it sounds, in our jobs as teachers and coaches if we ALL get better, it has a lasting, positive effect on the student-athletes that we touch daily.
- We make our athletes better
- We make our teams better
- We make our schools better
- We make our society better.
Jeff Floyd – firstname.lastname@example.org