Best Careers for Teachers: Coaching Athletes And Others
When you were working in the public school system, did you have a colleague who somehow got drafted into being the sports coach along with teaching regular classes? A large number of high school coaches are teachers who were asked to coach—or, actually, sometimes coaches who were asked to teach. The two professions definitely seem to go hand-in-hand.
Applying Your Teaching Skills to Coaching
It is understandable why the two jobs are often combined. After all, being a good coach utilizes many of the same qualities and skill sets as being a good teacher. Chances are if you are hired to be the school's coach, you may well also be the PE, or gym, teacher. Be sure to ask about that during your initial job interview so it doesn't come as a surprise down the line. Now, let's look at what questions you might want to think about before taking this career route.
- "Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn, rather than teaching them."
—John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance
What Is Your Personal Experience with Sports? Which Ones?
Have you played sports as long as you can remember? Have you been a member of either a school team or an outside organization? Are you familiar with team dynamics and the drama that can ensue when a group of athletic, competitive people are put together in a big group? Reading about sports and watching endless games on television or even in the stands is important, but personally knowing what it feels like to be in the game is far more relevant. The more you have experienced, the better coach you are likely to be.
How Much Do You Know about Motivating Others?
One of the biggest parts of being a good coach is knowing how to motivate each player to do his or her best, whether to hit the ball harder or further, or run just a little bit faster. These are the same skills you used in the classroom as you encouraged your students to try harder, study longer, or listen more closely.
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