Lenny Wilkens, 1979 NBA Championship and 2nd Winningest Coach in NBA History
John Wooden, 10 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship
Issue #22/ March 9, 2018
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Paul "Bear" Bryant, 6 NCAA Football National Championships
Pat Summitt, 1,098 Wins - 8 Time NCAA Womens Basketball Championships
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With this view on risk-taking, it's easy to see why no NCAA Divison-I mens basketball coach has as many titles as John Wooden. Known as the Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden's quote illustrates why we as teachers should support our learners in taking calculable risks and teach them the value in learning from mistakes.
We all want to motivate our students to be successful in the classroom and in life. This quote from fomer UCONN Women's Basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, speaks to the core of that hope. Relationships are the most important factor in increasing student achievement. If our students know that we care about them, not just their grades or performance, but them - success will follow.
Issue #22 Theme: Teach Like A Coach. They motivate. They support. They push for improvement -- coaches. In this week’s Friday 5 we take a look at some of history’s greatest sports coaches and some of their quotes that lend themselves to our practice.
Jim Calhoun, 3 NCAA Womens Basketball Championships
Lenny Wilkens is one of only four individuals to be inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. He has earned two gold medals as an assistant coach for the 1992 USA Olympic Basketball Team and head coach of the 1996 Olympic Team. Coach Wilkens dreamed all of his achievements on the playground courts of Brooklyn, New York.
Our students all have dreams and aspirations, and there are few other callings that have as large an impact on their ability to achieve them as ours. If you have not today, take some time to talk to your students about the dreams and aspirations they have. Know that you play a key role in their success.
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It's ironic that the winningest coach in NCAA history never emphasized winning to her players. Instead, the Lady Vols coach firmly believed that if her players mastered their positions with poise and precision, winning would come naturally -- she was right. Pat Summitt coached the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee to 1,098 wins and 8 NCAA titles.
When looking at her quote, Coach Summitt and the Lady Vols' success proves the important of mastery and provides an argument for competency based learning. What would happen if we emphasized our students' growth and experience while mastering content over their classroom averages?
Paul Bryant, the legendary University of Alabama Football Coach, brings to light an important point -- preparation. Preparation is the most important aspect of a coach's role and one of the most important factors in a team's success. The same is true in our classrooms. It's not just enough for us to prepare students, but we must also get them to see the value in preparation by showing them the correlation between preparation and success. Do your students see the connection between study habits and success?
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"We should never discourage our young people from dreaming dreams."
"Our emphasis is on execution, not winning."
"It's not the will to win that matters -- everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters."
"Winning and championships are memorable, but they come from the power of relationships."
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."