An open letter to useless coaches and teachers
UPDATE: I need to say that this post was not directly about any one person or school that I work with or interact with.
But, there may be elements of these ‘useless coaches’ in ALL OF US who work with children, and we need to check ourselves ALL THE TIME.
Some days when the kids aren’t responding to me as well as usual, I wonder if I’m being that useless coach. We all have our days, and that’s ok. But if every day is one of those days, you may have chosen the wrong job!
In short – if this sparks a reaction in you, take a step back, look at yourself through the eyes of the children you teach, and make sure that tomorrow you’re the kind of teacher YOU would like to be taught by.
If you worked for me I would fire you quicker than you can say ‘Stand quietly or you don’t get a turn’ to those 6 year olds around you.
It’s not just the way you check your watch every 1.25 minutes. Or the way you message your friends in the middle of a lesson. Or even the way you chat to your fellow coaches with your arms folded while precious teaching time slips away.
It might have something to do with the power trip you’re on because you can make a bunch of small humans do what you say by raising your voice. You’re just soooo important aren’t you, talking down to the children who look up to you?
Mostly, it’s the sound of little spirits being crushed around you while you completely ruin whatever you’re teaching for everyone in your class. Except your three favourites who do everything perfectly and make you look like you’re great at your job.
That, and the opportunity you’ve missed to make the children in your care feel great about themselves and great about their bodies, and great about the sport or movement programme you’re teaching.
I wish you’d wake up one day and realize, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m doing this all wrong! It’s not actually about me, it’s supposed to be about them! I have the opportunity to entirely shape the way children feel about whatever I’m teaching, for the rest of their lives. From now on I’m going to take that responsibility seriously, and find a way to inspire them and leave a lasting positive impression.’
But you wont. You’ll probably just find this little rant offensive and complain about me to your friends.
Ah well. At least I know for sure you’ll never teach kids on my watch.
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