So what I'm faced with, as in the case of the tag football trials - there are potentially 3 good teams we could take to a tournament, but I'm the only coach, which means that there'll be only 1 team going. Who misses out here?
I really wish I could take them all, because I know that they'd really enjoy the experience of participating in a sports competition - I see smiles, I see tears, I see strength, I see friendship, I see confidence, I see pride, I see parents, I see grandparents, I see hugs, I see nice lunches, I hear cheers, I hear happiness. This is what I feel that the kids are missing out on...
So what does this have to do with raising academic achievement? I believe that some of the most powerful learning for children takes place in a sporting environment where the key competencies are fostered, especially in managing self, in thinking, in participating and contributing and in relating to others.
What do you think?