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September 17, 2008

Gridiron Inspiration

As both Kevin and I have talked about many times before, sports can have a tremendously positive effect on kids, especially those who are seeking a supportive community, and this article from the New York Times is just one more example of that. Former Philadelphia Eagles pro football player Roynel...

August 12, 2008

Inspired by Olympians

There are very few events that capture the concepts of determination, perseverance, and motivation better than the Olympics. Unlike Kevin, I'm not a big sports fan, and I very rarely keep up with athletics in general, but every time the Olympics roll around, I find myself glued to the television, ma...

February 26, 2008

Why Recess Matters

In a recent commentary piece on edweek.org, Vicky Shippers argues that recess is an important piece of a student's school day. It is the only unstructured time children have at school, and yet many recess activities--like kickball and tag--have been banned from the playground because of safety conce...

February 14, 2008

More Exercise, Higher Grades

In her story this week, Education Week's Debra Viadero says that research is drawing an increasingly strong link between exercise and academic performance. Here's an excerpt: "There’s sort of no question about it now," said Dr. John J. Ratey, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvar...

January 07, 2008

Appreciating What You Have

One of the greatest motivators for young people and adults alike, at least from this amateur philosopher's perspective, is an attitude in which you appreciate what you have and realize that many others are not as fortunate. I know that sounds very basic and maybe even a little corny, but in coaching...

September 28, 2007

"Fitness and Fatness"

The majority of what we write about in this blog centers on academic motivation. But motivation matters in the physical education world too. That's why it's worth noting that Texas recently introduced a statewide physical fitness test, to address what one health expert calls the "fitness and fatnes...

September 13, 2007

'Absent From Class'

Will Fitzhugh, the founder and president of the Concord Review, a journal of academic writing by high school students, has written a thought-provoking essay, "Absent From Class," for edweek.org that poses the question: Why do so many of our high school students do so little work? This, of course, i...

February 02, 2007

A Promise Fulfilled

In a Nov. 10 post about a review of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, I promised that I would read this book. The review was very positive, but I wanted to pass my own judgment. Well, I can tell you the review was right on target. If you are interested in helping kids see...

January 03, 2007

Football, Coaching, and Student Motivation

As the loyal readers of this blog are well aware, one of my areas of interest is the motivational philosophies and tactics sports coaches use to build strong teams that might also be utilized in the classroom to raise student achievement. And that brings me to a book I am reading, The Education of ...

September 20, 2006

When I Was Their Age ...

As I drive by high schools on my way to work this time of year and see football teams sweating through September workouts, a nagging question always comes to mind: Do today's student athletes work as hard as we did a generation ago? Are they as motivated as we were to get better? Some high school ...

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