Tending the fire; incorporating mindfulness into athletics administration, Part 3

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“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”—Bill Russell “Just as physical exercise must be performed with regularity to train the body for performance success, mental exercises must be practiced with regularity to benefit the athlete’s attention and well-being.” One recent study of Division I college football players looked into mindfulness therapy and relaxation […]

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Tending the fire; Athlete burnout and the athletics administration response, Part 2

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In a post last month, we began a series on athlete burnout and what it means for athletics administrators. In an article from the NCAA, “The state of burnout is often regarded as the endpoint of this breakdown process and is characterized by the absence of motivation as well as complete mental and physical exhaustion.” […]

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Tending the fire; Athlete burnout and the athletics administration response, Part 1

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Practice, competition, and conditioning in the off season, maintaining academic success and more — the external and internal pressures on a student athlete can be fierce. It’s why athlete burnout is a growing topic among athletics administration professionals; it is an issue many coaches, trainers, athletic directors, teammates and athletes themselves deal with on a […]

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3 C’s of Great Coaches

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Aside from the obvious, such as leadership skills and a deep understanding of the game for which they’re coaching, some of the greatest coaches of all time have a few interesting character traits and skillsets, that upon review may have led to their great success. They are creative. Professional coaching expert Wayne Goldsmith mentions creativity as […]

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Addressing the homeless student crisis part 2: Action

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In a previous Look Into Education blog, we shared about the homelessness crisis affecting students across the nation. But the question remains, how do you identify an issue that is often hidden, and what can educators do to help alleviate the crisis? Many schools have liaisons who are trained in identifying indicators of student homelessness, […]

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Addressing the homeless student crisis part 1: Awareness

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According to the National Center for Homeless Education, 1.3 million students experienced homelessness during the 2014-2015 school year — nearly double the number a decade ago. But homelessness may not always look like what you’d picture — that your students are sleeping out on the street somewhere (though for some this could very well be […]

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Lightening the principal’s load: creating more opportunity for improved curriculum

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As principal of a large, or even smaller school, you may find yourself feeling like you don’t have enough hands or eyes to possibly handle and monitor every situation. As the go-to person, you are constantly putting out fires, answering questions, responding to requests, and enforcing protocol. But where does that leave time for observing […]

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Useful tips for how to bring the Maker Movement into your classroom

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In a previous Look Into Education blog, we discussed the Maker Movement and how it is beginning to be utilized more and more in education curriculum. More than just technical knowledge, making creates room for creativity and ingenuity, and teaches students valuable skills like problem-solving, perseverance, and resourcefulness. The question for education majors preparing to […]

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Education students investigate the practice of learning through making

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As a culture of innovation and DIY (do-it-yourself) continues to grow in our country and the Maker Movement gains momentum, we examine how educators can take this new learning model and integrate it into their classrooms. “The Maker Movement is rediscovering learning by doing,” says Dale Dougherty, one of the founding fathers of the Maker […]

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EDU Career Spotlight: What does an activities director do?

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From doing the hokey pokey to leading a mountainous backpacking trip, activities directors’ responsibilities can fit into just about anything that interests you. Last month, we highlighted what graduates of the William Woods master of education in athletics/activities administration do on the athletics side of the degree, but what about the activities side? Activities directors, […]

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