Reflections: Teacher as Coach, Coach as Teacher

I changed my Twitter handle recently to better reflect my vocational and educational philosophy (the mission) in as succinct a manner as possible.

It is now Coach John Hines@LrnTchCchGrw.  It reflects the reasons I left a Fortune 100 sales career and entered teaching as a mid-life career changer.  As I told my students today, “I’m a learner.”  I have always been a learner.  I am in the profession to share my passion for learning with my students and to build life-long learners who are adaptive to the Digital Age we live in.  As I told them today:

“The most important thing we can learn together this year is to learn how to learn (and how YOU learn).”

In my first year of teaching, I did not coach a sports team.  However, the students very often called me “Coach” sometimes even catching themselves with a “…um, Mr. Hines”.  I like to think they called me Coach because of my approach in the classroom.  A coach’s role is to create a winning culture, to create teamwork, to build cooperation toward a goal, and to emphasize the growth of the team and each individual member.

A teacher must always be learning in multiple arenas that include the subject areas one is teaching and the art and science of pedagogy.  A teacher naturally wants to teach what she/he is learning and find the best way to create learning opportunities/environments/cultures for students.  I often tell my students that, as a teacher, I’m always looking for those “teachable moments”.

To maximize growth of the classroom team, the teacher must move into the role of Coach working with individuals, smaller groups of “players” and the whole team.  At the end of the day, when the magic happens…we all GROW!

That’s why I’m Coach John Hines@LrnTchCchGrw!  I’d love to connect with you on Twitter!


What is a Fitness Ignitor? Pt. 2

Two weeks ago, a gentleman stopped me during my regular warm-up routine to ask me why and how I was doing toe walks, heel walks, heel-to-toe walks and walking high-knees at the beginning of my dynamic warm-up.  Though I am not one to engage in conversation during my gym work-outs which are usually bouts of high intensity interval training that engage multiple large muscle groups and engage one both aerobically and anaerobically, it gave me great pleasure to stop during my warm-up to answer this man’s questions.  Soon he was moving down the floor doing his own toe walks, heel walks, heel-to-toe walks and walking high-knees.  Friends and family say this makes me a “Fitness Ignitor.” Who is your Fitness Ignitor?

During the past two summers, I have worked part-time at our local specialty running store.  It enables me to stay up to date on the newest shoes and gear for the runners I coach.  I get great satisfaction out of helping runners who come into the store to find the pair of shoes that will enable them to engage in their sport in an as injury-free and enjoyable way as possible.  We often spend time discussing ideas on how to improve both their run fitness and over-all fitness.  These conversations fuel my passion for working with others who want to get better.  Friends and family say this makes me a “Fitness Ignitor.” Do you have a Fitness Ignitor?

Recently, I received a very nice email from a “gym buddy” who also follows the early morning rite thanking me for the inspiration and knowledge she received from our conversations and from watching the intensity I bring to each work-out, each day.  She told me it inspired her during her lengthy recovery from a car accident.  Her approach to sport and fitness as she recovered inspired and motivated me on sluggish days.  She is a Fitness Ignitor! Are you a Fitness Ignitor?

Ignite your fitness! Change your life!

Fitness Ignitor pt 2

What is a Fitness Ignitor?

It was a great feeling a few Monday mornings ago when a gentleman I have never met at the gym before tapped me on the shoulder to tell me, “Lookin’ great on the chin-ups!”.  Incidentally, it was my first day back after two planned rest days and I was feeling a bit sluggish.  His personal shout-out gave me the boost I needed to move through Day 1, Week 2 of the #Major Armstrong Pull-up program.  It is my hope and one of my vocational missions to give people the boost they need to create and accomplish their own fitness goals.  Friends and family say this makes me a “Fitness Ignitor”. Do you have a Fitness Ignitor in your life? Are you a Fitness Ignitor?


Excuses not to blog:

1) I’m not feeling inspired.

2) I’m too tired.

3) No one will read it.

4) It’s just not the right time.

5) I’m just not positive enough now that I have the time.

6) Everything I write right now will be negative.

7) I should be doing something else.

8) I don’t know who my audience is.

9) I don’t have my own web site.

10) No one will see it.

11) Who cares?

12) It’s selfish.

13) It’s narcissistic.

14) I should be doing something else.

15) It feels too good.

16) I should be doing something else.

17) I’m micro-blogging on Twitter. That counts.  Right?

18) I’m too tired.

19) It’s too noisy.

20) I need a new device.

21) I don’t have my own home office anymore.

22) I should be doing something else.

23) I need more “alone” time.

24) I’m just not “feelin’ it”.

25) Fill in the blank ________________.

I have just blogged.  It’s been a while.  I will continue.  No excuses.  Much love!