Shooting Hoops in the Hallways of Learning

I wrote this at halftime last night. Here was my view.

Sometimes teaching is like basketball. When you are hot… All net. You can't miss. Things are clicking. Everyone is learning. Everyone is behaving. You've got it together.

And sometimes. Air ball. Literally. The paper is flying at the trash can, at each other…at you. The kids are disruptive. Every time you turn your back -whoosh someone disappears from his seat. Not a good day.

The goal is to have more excellent days….to get more net than air. To score learning. The principals know who their star players are. The teachers who consistently get results. They also known their inconsistent players who really need more practice before hitting the court in a game.

Therein comes the big difference between basketball and teaching. Everyone starts. Everyone.

All full time teachers are starters because every full time teacher is a student's only chance to learn that topic. This is why having the best team possible is essential. There is no such thing as a bench in a school. Everyone plays.

Except this is not play. This is serious. If someone continues to foul. If they commit too many personal fouls or disrespect the referee, eventually a good ref will eject that player or coach.

We can't afford to have teachers with poor personal skills in the classroom. We can't afford to have teachers who can't ring a basket on a good day teaching. Likewise, we can't afford to lose our best players. We need to keep the stars playing on our team. Experience counts. Energy counts. You can have all the moves in the world but if you only shoot air balls (your teaching doesn't produce results) perhaps you need to slow down and be more simple and just shoot lay ups.

If you are a basketball fan (like me) -the next time you watch a game, think about this and how seriously we must scrutinize our teaching team. If no one wants to play on your team and you are just looking for any warm body who will walk in your school then you have to look at those leading your school system and improve the learning environment.

Learning is serious. We need to do it well. Be excellent. Be great. Be world class. Play well and serve in the greatest (most unappreciated) profession.

The future is in your halls. And we can't afford to miss this one.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Photo Credit
Personal photo – Players at halftime of Fullington and Westwood Game, December 13, 2011

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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