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Teachers as Classroom Coaches: How to Motivate Students Across the Content Areas


reviewed by Dan Carrell — March 01, 2007

coverTitle: Teachers as Classroom Coaches: How to Motivate Students Across the Content Areas
Author(s): Andi Stix and Frank Hrbek
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 1416604111 , Pages: 190, Year: 2006
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Given its title, the introduction to Teachers as Classroom Coaches: How to Motivate Students Across the Content Areas starts just where I had assumed it would: with an anecdote about sports, athletes, and coaches. But the introduction quickly shifts from athletic coaching to corporate coaching. This shift sets the tone for the rest of the book as it consistently describes and references a “coaching” style that is clearly geared not for athletics, but for the corporate world. This tone in itself is not problematic, but the suggestion in the beginning of the book—that the type of coaching in this guide for classroom teachers is modeled on athletic coaching—is quite misleading. Although teachers can “coach” academic and fine arts teams, classroom teachers who coach tend to coach athletes. Consequently, those teachers who choose to read this book are likely trying to figure out how to transfer their successful athletic coaching style... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 01, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13681, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 9:11:17 AM

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    Cornell College
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