Category Archives: teaching

Effective Behaviors for Coaches Regardless of Athlete Gender

Is coaching boys and girls different?

I’m putting together a presentation on “Differences Coaching Boys and Girls: The Facts and the Myths”. Given my position as the Associate Director in The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, without fail every time I give a coach or parent workshop, this question is raised– “What are the differences in coaching girls?”

I can’t summarize an entire hour presentation here, but I will tell you there are a set of evidence-based coaching behaviors every coach should employ regardless of the gender of the athlete.   Here are a few of those strategies:

•Develop skills
•Provide rationale for tasks & limits
•Inquire about & acknowledge feelings
•Allow as much choice as possible within limits

To learn more about this workshop or to schedule one for your organization, contact me via email at

"The Smartest Kid in Class"

I was sent this video by @DigitalMaxwell and I wanted to share it with you. It is called “The Smartest Kid in Class”. As I wind down the semester and am soon heading into final exams, I find this particularly relevant. And the moral of the story?… KNOW YOUR STUDENTS!

Caring enough to know your students and creating a learning climate in the classroom that makes each student feel heard, valued, and known is just good practice.  In a previous blog I outlined “The 3C’s”-care, competence and choice. These are 3 essential human needs, that when met lead to more self-determined forms of motivation and potentially a host of positive outcomes such as improved self-perceptions, enjoyment, health, well-being, intrinsic motivation, and sustained participation and effort….all things we should be striving to attain or facilitate in others.