Education: A Team Support

Develop a winning educational planNovember is here and brings with it two wonderful gifts: a new season and the return of NFL football. Oh, yes, the excitement of team sports is in the air. I know what you’re thinking—you are wondering what a new school year has to do with team sports. There are many similarities. Just like team owners need a well-organized team to win each week on the football field, students need a well-organized team to win each week in the classroom. You need a team of experts to help you cultivate the best in your child. You, as the parent, are the general manager of your child’s Expert Development Team. Now is the time to develop your playbook.

Although you love your child, you don’t have the capacity to provide it all. Let’s be honest, it’s difficult to play the roles of parent, friend, sports coach, specialty club leader, and guidance counselor for your child. A more efficient approach is to build a team of experts to help you and to establish yourself as the team leader. Here are a few team-building tips:

1. Recruit team members. You want the very best for your child, and your team must reflect that. Build your team with the best professionals available to you. Invite these individuals to be a part of your team, and explain your team philosophy. You’ll find that most of your team members will welcome your invitation and will mirror your level of excitement. Your team should include: your child’s teachers, sports coaches, leaders of special interest clubs (such as robotics, cooking or student council), ministry leaders, and family members.

2. Be a part of the team. You are the general manager of the team, and your role is to approve goals, set the tone and morale for the team, encourage the team members, and to make needed adjustments. Your leadership guides the team every step of the way from start to finish.

3. Initiate regular team communication. A healthy professional relationship fosters a great team dynamic. From the very beginning, establish a schedule and system to communicate with the members of your team, and be proactive and consistent. Communications should include: updates, questions, requests for clarifications and—most importantly—compliments. Always reinforce your team philosophy, because you are a team of experts working together to develop the best in your child.

Bringing together a group of caring individuals to work with your child is a great approach to a successful school year. Your child is the star player, and you are the general manager who oversees all of the plays. Every member of the team is important, and together you can help your child secure a winning record every week of the school year.