Resources that link sports and academia

(Image credit: Alexander Schimmeck / Unsplash)

Call our coaches and you will see us on the court and on the court, preparing the athletes for the competition. Call us educators, and you will see us teaching a class of middle school students, training students in basic subjects. Either way, you’ll see us using our athletic experiences to shape learning experiences in school.

It can be a critical link between sport and academia. Research shows that a Positive link between student physical activity and academic achievement. And because that really matters 57% of high school students participate in school sports. We believe in the important role that athletics can play for a student. Athletics provides a space for students to participate in competitions, develop healthy habits, and learn to be confident and confident while building skills that will take them farther than on the court or on the field.

As we have spent seasons training and teaching for years, healthy habits benefit students not only on the court, but also in the classroom. By developing an athlete-like mindset, classroom students can establish a passion, work hard, and cope with the challenges that arise. Here are two of our favorite resources for linking sports and academia.

A virtual sports excursion

As coaches, we see our student-athletes with a particular focus on sports improvement, goal setting, and sportsmanship. But we needed a resource that could contribute to both sports growth and educational growth. we found The mindset of a virtual journey of a champion Through TrueSport and Discovery Education, which helps our student-athletes make that connection.

Athletes share their tracks

The virtual outing is a town hall meeting format that interviews three Olympic athletes, and shares ways to be the best in their sport. City Hall Home Abby Raymond overcomes Olympic weightlifting, bullying and negative body issues to make himself better. Then Richard Torrez Jr. tells the story of how the silver dominator learned competition from his father for clean fuel and focus support. Finally, Trey Jenifer, a Paralympic basketball champion, concludes the town hall by telling her story of her childhood, how she overcame her support system and obstacles to success. In addition, Trey provides strategies for setting small achievable goals.

Educator’s guides support three key aspects of athletics: sportsmanship; character construction and life skills; and clean and healthy performance. Guides can be used as standalone discussion points or as a whole series. In the classroom, we chose to use these guides for three days, delving into the ideas shared by each athlete.

Discussion reinforces lessons

Each of the three guests at the town hall has a personal language and story that allows all students to connect with each other and with each other. We started with small discussions where the students shared their opinions about the experience. The student-athletes had a great echo with Abby’s story about bullying and body embarrassment. To meet this challenge, Abby acknowledged that her athletic body was ready for her sport and used it to succeed. As a result, some of our runners were able to recognize the value and beauty of training their body to succeed, and they realized that the words of their teammates did not define who they were on the track.

Other students linked it to the emotions and actions of Trey’s story, where he overcame obstacles by setting small achievable goals. During our discussions, the students noticed that Trey did not see them failure as a negative but as a learning tool. Many students shared their personal stories to learn to see failure in the same way.

Additional guides for coaches, teachers, and families have allowed us to reach out to the standards of standard sports training, affecting not only our athletes but also all students.

The bottoms show a blur between life and sports

If you don’t know “Miracle on Ice,” it’s a classic story. The Soviet men’s ice hockey team, which won five gold medals at the 1980 Winter Olympics, was supposed to be an easy victory against a young U.S. team.

This 40th anniversary documentary by NBC shows that this victory story showed sportsmanship the power of sport to build character. We use video in our classrooms, as well as the comments section on the site, as a discussion tool. Specifically, our students related it to the first citations in the documentary, a historical event that helped them see the powerful lessons of athletics in their world and ultimately make the connections between sports and academics.

Student discussions relate challenges to lessons

Using first-hand accounts, thoughts, and reactions from others in the documentary, we divided the students into two groups to facilitate discussion about the challenges, asking: How were your expectations different from reality? What were your successes and failures like in this scenario? How do you develop mental toughness in the face of challenges? Each student shared their reactions to the hockey story, but also explained how the lessons learned on the sports field helped them in school and in life. For example, several students talked about how not winning a game helped them see the importance of teamwork and team morale. Applied in school, the tests are not a competition with classmates, but a way to test and grow one’s skills.

The whole circle comes

Resources like the ones we have chosen can also be used with a club to develop healthy sports and life skills. Many students enjoy doing or watching sports, and touching on this common interest can highlight important skills that will help students in sports and learning. We’ve seen first-hand how the traits we try to incorporate into our athletes — sportsmanship, performance, character — are reflected when they’re in the classroom now.

Jennifer Tatum, a sixth-grade math teacher and a sixth-grade math and science teacher, Emily Fagan of Cane Creek Middle School in North Carolina continues to grow with Discovery Education. Both coaches of the sports team.


Subscribe to SmartBrief’s FREE ASCD newsletter to see the latest educational topics. SmartBrief is one of more than 250 industry-focused newsletters.

Leave a Comment