Tuesday, April 8, 2014

3 dimensional coaching

Here is a link to the website for the 3-dimensional coach.  This is a tool we will be using as a professional growth project for coaching staff members beginning in the late summer/early fall of 2014.


Please take the time to watch the first two videos under the tab "Course 101".  The title of these courses are Unit 1: Meet Jeff Duke and Unit 2: Capturing the Heart.

After the conclusion of watching these videos, please comment on how the concept of Capturing the Heart could impact they way you coach, teach, or lead.  How do you capture the heart of your students, athletes, etc?


  1. I think nearly every other teacher, coach, and I have found that we have to capture the heart of our Athletes and Students. We cannot teach material in the classroom, and just expect the students to be automatically engaged to learn it just because I told them to. We have to meet the students at their level and capture their interest. We can’t just demand that the athletes work their tails off and not show them how much we care about them as individuals. They have to know the work they are putting in is for a reason, and we are here to help them achieve at their highest level. As teachers and coaches it is our job to make them excited about learning and excited about achieving as an athlete. This is a great challenge, because you have to have an outstanding knowledge of the students, their lives, and their interests.
    To capture the heart I try to get to know the students/athletes on an individual level. I want to know their interests and what they are motivated by. This is easy as a coach because I already have a common interest in the sport that they are trying to participate in. I can relate to them through this sport and I can begin to establish a bond with that athlete, and start the process of helping that athlete reach their full potential. In the classroom it is more difficult, because they are not choosing to be in that room. It is difficult to motivate a student that just does not care in school, and we all have dealt with this. I always try to have conversations with all of my students whenever I can, so I can show them that I care about who they are as a person. Hopefully if you can establish this bond or rapport, then you can pull them into an assignment and get them to care about what they are doing as a student. There are certainly students that this is a struggle, and you might have to work the whole year on getting them motivated and enthusiastic about something but as a teacher we have to keep trying. The great thing is that in a classroom you can use a variety of activities to teach the same content, and most of the time you can find something that will get the students excited about learning. This is especially easy in our district with all of the technology resources that we have available.

    1. That is a great comment, Seth! Patty and I were just talking this morning about how we need to do a better job of this with both students and staff. We all get isolated and we need to reach out and try to know and understand each other better.

      Thanks for sharing!

  2. As I watched these videos, a few things really stuck out to me because I could really relate to them in my classroom. One of the things that got to me was the comment about kids that have a great attitude and give great effort. I related to this because I have a bunch of kids that show up every day with smiles and they are ready to take on the world and are ready to learn whatever comes at them. I have another handful of students that have been a constant struggle because they come to school because they have to and they could care less about what we are learning unless it deals with extra recess or lunch. As I look at the athletes today, I can't help wonder if they were the students who gave effort and had a great attitude or if they were the handful that didn't care and got put into sports because they had to. As I look at my 3rd graders, they are starting to really become individuals, and I can't help but think where they will be in 5 years or what kinds of people they will be.
    Another thing that caught my attention was that wonderful quote: "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care about them." I personally relate to this quote because I feel that it is the reason some of my students have changed into awesome students. I had one particular boy who came from a broken home and was basically allowed to do whatever he wanted to do and no one really cared about what he wanted or liked. I sat down one day and just got to know him. I asked him questions that no one had probably asked him in a long time and I really took an interest in what he liked or wanted to learn about. He has done awesome things at school and participates more and more every day.
    I know I don't have a lot of coaching experience, but I can totally see how these different steps can really help get the most out of our student athletes. By getting to know these kids on a personal level and getting to know what makes them tick, we get so much more out of them without having to poke and prod them!

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