Math Teachers Should be More Like Football Coaches
This New York Times OpEd piece, written by former Baltimore Ravens football player and MIT Ph.D, Math candidate John Urschel, is subtitled "That style of motivation could help in the classroom, too." as he promotes how
"students are affected by more than just the quality of a lesson plan...respond to the passion of their teachers and the engagement of their peers, and they seek a sense of purpose. They benefit from specific instructions, constant feedback and a culture of learning that encourages resilience in the face of failure - not unlike a football practice. There are many ways to be an effective teacher, just as there are many ways to be an effective coach. But all good teachers, like good coaches, communicate that they care about your goals."
Letters to the NYT in Response
Mind and Matter
new book by Urschel