The ABC’s of Advising/Coaching Lorie Inman Leadership Project TE 803 4/20/01 fter School It’s a fact of life that many clubs either meet after school or plan after school activities. us Rides They come with the territory, but they’re really not as bad as they sound. ompetition It can be a great motivational factor. isappointment Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you’d hoped or expected. Deal with it and move on. xperience Coaching or advising is a great experience on many different levels. un Don’t be afraid to have fun. Let the students see a different (yet still appropriate) side of you. rowth Learning and growth can occur for both you and the students igh Hopes Just like in the classroom, when you expect the most of students they will rise to the occasion. When they don’t, see letter D. nterest Find a club or sport that fits your interests. Both you and the students will be much happier in the long run. uggling Find balance between the competing forces in your life. now Your Limits Don’t over commit. earning It doesn’t just happen in the classroom. entor You set a good example for the students by giving your time to school programs. etwork Advising a club is a great way to connect with other teachers outside of your subject area. pen Mind Be open to students’ suggestions. Don’t be a dictator. erspective See your students in a new light. uitting Sometimes people leave. Move past the obstacles and stay on the right track. esponsibilities Yes, it’s one more to add to your ever growing list, but it’s a worthwhile way to spend your time. ervice Advising or coaching is one of many ways you can give back to your school community. ime Something we all need in larger quantities. Be ready to commit large chunks of time to your activity. nderstanding Patience and understanding will go a long way in working with students. eto Power In the end, you’re the one who’s on the line if something goes wrong, so exercise your authority when necessary. inning It’s exciting when it happens, but you need to teach the students how to lose gracefully when it doesn’t. anthic Acid=ROC(S)SH One of the bizarre things that someone in quiz bowl most likely knows. Be ready for the students to know more than you do. ear-end Celebration Make sure to reward the students for a job well done. ero The amount of money you may make, depending on contract stipulations. Do it for the fun and experience.
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