Have you seen a youth soccer game/practice lately? Below this 2008 soccer photo, are five parallels to school, based on my observations of my little guy's play on the pitch.
1] As with classroom lessons, many soccer drills fail to 'engage' participants.
2] Like the chalkboard/smartboard, many skills are practiced with the active involvement of only one person at a time.
3] Just as most students are required to be on the same page at the same time, youth soccer sees most players follow the ball as a 'hive' in lieu of playing independent positions.
4] If things aren't interesting enough, the kids will find their own entertainment to replace game/practice activities.
5] Similar to the anticipation of recess, the highlight of most games is the half-time snack break!
Do you see any other parallels?
Photo Credit: Rodd Lucier