Academic Coaching as a Component of Comprehensive Education: What We Can Learn from the Successful Athletic Coach

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The No Child Left Behind legislation that currently drives the academic assessment of US schools also prescribes remedies for those schools who do not meet set standards. One of these remedies is the use of one-on-one tutors to instruct struggling students outside of classroom time. Little attention has been paid as to how these instructors can be most effective in improving student outcomes. This paper examines the strategies and philosophies of successful athletic coaches and makes suggestions as to how these successful strategies might be employed in the service of increasing academic achievement. The paper looks at motivation, performance rewards, reflection and augmented feedback as important components of the successful coaching model. The paper also explores the potential of the integration of kinesthetic aids as developmentally appropriate support to learning and cognition for a variety of diverse learners. Suggestions are made to maximize the effectiveness of academic instructional interventions based on the identified successful components of athletic coaching.

Keywords: Academic Coaching Strategies, Athletic Coaching Strategies, No Child Left Behind, Tutoring, Kinesthetic Learning, Effective Teaching and Learning, Diverse Learners, Multiple Intelligences
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Carol Bonilla Bowman

Professor of Education, Teacher Certification Program, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Mahwah, New Jersey, USA

Carol Bonilla Bowman is an Asst. Professor of Education at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She completed her Doctoral Studies in Applied Linguistics and Bilingual Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a variety of research interests that include assessment of educational programs, e-portfolio evaluation, athletic education, and contemplative education. She is also a former dancer and 500 hour certified Yoga instructor.

Thomas Canty

Student Teacher Supervisor, Teacher Certification Program, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Mahwah, New Jersey, USA

Thomas Canty holds a Master of Science in Health Education from the University of Colorado. He is also a highly successful wrestling coach, and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He currently supervises student teachers at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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