Upping Your Game
One of my favorite things about being a mom is watching my son play football. Along with that comes passionate, often one-sided conversations after practices and games. Many times, these chats are fairly insignificant (in my mind anyway) as he attempts to teach me about trick plays like the “flea flicker” and the “statue of liberty.” He might even tell me how the right side of the offensive line isn’t “pushing off the ball.” (Of course, he’s on the left!) A few nights ago, though, he was talking to me about the feedback he was getting from his offensive line coach. Bear in mind, my son doesn’t take criticism well even if it’s constructive. While listening to him, I realized that I had a teachable moment on my hands. What ensued was a great conversation about being “coachable.”
This conversation made me reflect on my time as a teacher. Was I coachable? Interestingly enough, I came up with this answer … “sometimes.” I began to think about the opportunities lost to learn and improve my instruction when I wasn’t so coachable.