How To Create a More Efficient Learning Environment: Tip 2

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Read Brenita’s introduction and first Tip HERE

 

Listen Actively: 

 

Most people listed with the intent to refute.  I listen with the intent to hear you.  This helps with giving the most accurate response or in the case of my Kindergarten class – those sweet babies just want to be heard!  So most of the time they just want my undivided attention.  So I give it to them.  I start each morning with allowing them a few minutes to play a game of their choice, then gather them on the carpet for circle time and they get to tell me all about their favorite thing they did last night.

 

THIS SETS A STANDARD!  It is an unspoken message that says what they have to say matters.  As I begin any lesson or instruction I have shown them what respect looks and sounds like.  So if they do not reciprocate this to me, I remind them “Remember when you talked about how much you loved going to the fair yesterday and I listened to you and gave you eye contact the whole time you spoke and never interrupted you?”  They answer “YES.”  So I can finish with “Now its my turn to teach a lesson and I need you to show me the same respect as I showed you.”  Almost 99% of the time, they comply immediately.

 

Watch Out For Tip 3, coming soon…

 

 


Bio: Brenita Jackson has coached women’s college basketball for 8 years improving the culture at each school she worked for.  She started playing basketball at Cedar Hill High School in Texas,USA and went on to play professionally in Aarhus, Denmark.  She beganher coaching career while in Denmark leading the junior team to an undefeated season.  She currently holds a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, CA.

Brenita returned to her home Dallas, Texas to continue her passion for coaching young girls and inspiring others to develop and use their gifts.  She was recognized as 2011 Sportswoman of the Year by the Jacksonville Progress after winning the Region XIV Championship Runner Up Title along with developing the program’s first All American who’s jersey hung in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, TN.  In 2015 Brenita was voted the Region XIV Coach of the Year for a turnaround performance going from 3 to 23 wins in just her second season as head coach.

During her 8 years of coaching college basketball, 6 of them were with her husband Kevin Jackson who was a huge key to her success as a head coach.  The two were recognized by the Houston Chronicle as “Couple a winning team on and off San Jac court.”  The Jackson’s are known in the basketball community as coaches who care about their players, set high standards and teach life skills through the game of basketball.  They founded a company called KBJ Academy where they travel to schools, churches and businesses to host team bonding retreats or leadership workshops. They also consult with coaches on changing the culture at a new school they just joined or consult with players on how to pursue playing college sports. They have experiences that they love to share with all transparency so others can learn, grow and succeed.

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