"Coach" best describes the every day practices of a teacher. Think about it.
Although educators wear many hats, the concept of “coach” comes to mind when describing my ideals on what defines a successful educator. The two professions coalesce and easily can be confused when describing one another. I inspire, mentor, instruct, and prepare individuals to become better in their skill and then enable them to collaborate in order to achieve goals. I set high standards for myself and the individuals I am enriching, while maintaining the focus of the objectives. Coaches study their profession through evaluating the microcosm of their art through self-reflection, observing their vocation through different vantage points and assessing what needs to be mastered in order to be successful. As a coach, I use the service-learning technique module which encourages dialogue to influence successful outcomes during competition. Although I am a teacher, I am a student of my craft and I encourage my community to be students of their craft. Every second is a teaching moment, and every action can be connected to the objectives that are being sought out. I borrow ideals, then modify and incorporate these concepts to fit my class chemistry. Coaches compel individuals to self-reflect and see the potential they have within and then extract that potential into fruition. Furthermore, a coach also means a device that moves passengers from one place to another, whether by land, sea or air. As a coach, I am responsible for taking care of my passengers while in transition. I must provide a safe atmosphere for my students that protects and yet connects their mind, heart, body, and soul during the journey of erudition. Throughout this journey I focus on the importance of systems. What they are and why it is important to not only establish systems, but master the systems they are affiliated with. Whether these ideologies deal with social, political or economic systems, my students will understand they must play the game, and avoid the bench at all cost. Preparation, making the right decisions, understanding their opponent's mindset and tendencies will put them on a road to success. A coach creates an atmosphere that allows for absolute truth to be discovered, respected, and accepted through collaboration while protecting the sanctity of the individual. When the coach has successfully created a team, the team resembles a family which no longer competes against each other through conflict, but is in harmony to make the individual stronger; this allows the community to be strengthened because truth is being continually pursued. The pursuit for truth and execution of the found truth are ideals that are the cornerstone of the community. The role of coach is synonymous with my ideals of being an educator. High standards, assessment through different vantage points, learning while teaching, keeping the subject as the focal point, protecting my students through the transition of learning, and teaching students to develop and master systems are the expectations I have set for myself.
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Larry Roberson was born in Akron, Ohio in 1979. Played college basketball and for the IBL. Coached collegiately and is currently coaching high school basketball in Suitland, MD. Loves the game of basketball and is an innovative coach which strives to learn.