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Showing posts from February, 2020

Learning Soft Skills Through Competition

This time last year, I posted a Reflection on Vulnerability. I was hoping with my whole heart, that this year I'd be posting on the power of not giving up and finally achieving the success that you hope for. I'm not. Instead, I'm sharing my reflection on how the toughest moments of competition help our young people learn crucial life skills.

As previous posts have mentioned, I have been coaching mock trial since I started teaching. It is one of the greatest joys of my career in education because it provides me an opportunity to get to work closely with and get to know an incredible group of students each year. We spend four months preparing and then have one weekend of competition at the end of February.

Last year, we graduated an incredibly talented group of seniors after having made it to the finals for the first time in school history. The whole team knew the challenge that this season presented, but were determined to make it back to the finals. Over the course of the …