If you are a teacher and coach, it (your job) probably isn’t going away, but it is changing much in the same way that these jobs have:
- Travel Agent
- Real Estate Agent
- Car Dealership
The reason these jobs have undergone drastic changes in the last few years is because of easy access to information. Any individual can easily get online and book their own airline ticket, search the MLS for comps in their area, or find out the exact dealer cost of a new car and every option available.
Three different pieces came across my feed this week… all referencing this same thing…. information access, and its effect on our jobs as teachers and coaches.
Chad Frigon, head football coach at Liberty High School sent me an excellent article from the sportscoachingbrain that offered this insight:
“In the old days, coaches were the custodians of the knowledge…. training, planning, preparation, competition, what to eat, when to stretch, what to do at the gym… everything. Now, anyone can access anything, anytime, from anywhere, and for free. Kids (and their parents) can now access the same information that coaches can. The traditional coach-driven, coach-centered learning method, i.e. coach tells- athletes do, is doomed to failure.
Successful coaches must create learning environments where athletes learn through problem solving, decision making, being engaged and excited by learning experiences and by collaborating with coaches and their teammates on making training stimulating, effective and efficient.”
Author Seth Godin discussed information access in his recent post, “Freedom of Information Act”:
“Traditionally, many car dealerships are based on a simple idea: they know more about cars and pricing and profit than the customer does. By leveraging the information advantage, they can sell cars at a higher markup, upsell add ons, etc.
But what happens when the customers know more than they do, when potential customers know about every option, the inventory at every dealer, etc?
This is going to happen to every business, every sector, every level. When information is set free, does it help you or hurt you?
If it’s not helping you, this is a good time to change your model.”
And Coach James Vint talked about the importance of “why” with today’s athlete’s in his excellent post, “Building a Championship Culture”:
“The first thing we did was talk to them about the why. This is why we are going to coach you on this. This is why we have to do it this way. Kids today need to know “why” something is done a certain way. Once they understand the why, they will buy into the “what” and the “how”….when you are teaching a 10 yard stop route, do you accept an eight yard route? Or, do you correct and reteach? Do your players know why you have to get to 10 yards on that route? Do they know “why” they have to perform the skill?”
Our job, or at least certain aspects of it, has changed and will continue to do so. We can either embrace technology, or fight it.
If you want to embrace technology, here are some resources to help get you thinking:
- The Playbook is Dead, Long Live the Playbook!
- On Edge Coaching
- Flipping the Practice Field
- The Playbook of the Future
- Checking for Understanding
- Utilize Technology to Teach and Coach
- Building a Championship Culture
If you want to fight technology, I am afraid it is a losing proposition.
Thanks to PrepsKC (the information source of Kansas City High School football) for running todays post as part of their Coach’s Corner. If you get a chance, please visit and “Like” the post!
Jeff Floyd – firstname.lastname@example.org