There are a few places in my life where I truly feel at home - drawing on a chalkboard, teaching games class on the big field at school (I teach art and games to grades 1 - 8), strumming an acoustic guitar. There is one other place that I call home each year from November to February... the basketball court. Coaching basketball is actually what led me to Waldorf (a long story for another day). When the school year starts, I always look forward to Fall. I love the change in weather, carving pumpkins with the kids, Fall colors, Thanksgiving, etc.. but for me, the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming basketball season is hard to top. Between coaching a high school varsity girls team and an 8th grade boys team, I'll definitely get my fill. Each season is a challenging, beautiful journey. Coaching Waldorf kids in the highly competitive environment that is high school athletics (we often play against much larger public schools) is quite a unique task. While I'd be lying if I said that I don't enjoy winning, this time of year I must remember that my job is to be a teacher and to give my players a great experience. Throw some hard work into the equation and the winning usually takes care of itself. In the spirit of teamwork on the court, in the classroom, in the office, and at home, I thought I'd share a quote from a great teacher/coach... and some chalk art (couldn't resist).
Wishing everyone a great season!
PS - I feel very much at home coaching my team in a packed gym, with the score close late in the 4th quarter. That being said, I have to admit... I was nervous writing my first blog post :)