Read Brenita’s introduction and first Tip HERE
Accommodate EACH LEARNING STYLE in some way in every lesson
I plan to dig deeper into the LEARNING STYLES and how knowing them can make or break you as a teacher/coach in the next week. Be looking out for that blog because it is something that I keep circling back to when mentoring other teachers or parents – each person has a difference learning style. You cannot lecture a primarily visual learner for long and expect them to retain most of the information. The visual learning needs to see it. So find a way to incorporate at least the four primary learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Read/Write or Kinesthetic (According to the Neil Fleming’s VARK model)
THIS WAS A GAME CHANGER FOR ME AS A COACH! This helped with teaching plays and scouting reports – understanding my team and coaching staff’s learning styles. While considering learning styles also take into account that even once you grab a hold of their style, we all learn at different speeds. Consider possible disabilities and be mindful of language barriers for students who’s first language was not English. Teaching can be overwhelming to someone who does not know to make room for all these variables.
Watch Out For Tip 5, 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.