Saturday, March 2, 2013
I was stretched today...I received a text last night, informing me that I would be assistant coach today for my daughter's AAU basketball game.
I replied with, "ALL WILL BE SORRY!"
As I observed the other mother who stepped in to be head coach for the day, I felt quite inadequate. She had coached before. She knew the plays; she knew the positions; she knew what she was doing. I was there, simply, for moral support--and to get ice--and to get water.
As we drove home, I began connecting the experience to my own teaching. I've attended TONS of basketball games, I've heard basketball rules, and I've watched coaches run drills--yet I really had no idea how to coach those eight fifth-grade girls--or anyone--for that matter!
How many times are there students in my class who hear all the rules, listen intently to all the teaching, but then have absolutely no clue what to do when it is time to perform? I often tell myself that they weren't listening, or they don't care, or that maybe they're even lazy.
Yet there I was--today--unsure, inept, and performing poorly. I most likely would have received an "F" (or maybe a D-) if I'd been evaluated, especially compared to amazing mom #1.
Yet I did my best.
How many times do students DO THEIR BEST--only to receive failing grades?