You should at least have a separate coach for the project research
activities. It's also good to get the other team parents to handle
logistics ( t-shirts , tournament day coordination...)
As far a "policing" , I think it is a good idea to have one or two
kids take the lead to make sure the others stay on task. We also
have a ping pong table now which helps break up the monotony. It's
my fourth year coaching the same 10 kids and I like to step out of the
room and pop in every so often for status reports from the team
leads. If you are a rookie team, be proud of your own achievement
regardless of how many missions are completed. Stick with it.
Coaching gets easier every year; as long as you don't sweat the
deadline. Let the kids worry about that.
Btw, I have not as yet seen them solve more than one mission with any
consistency. I may have to put a moratorium on ping pong for a
Coach - Super Nanobot Extremes
On Oct 21, 2009, at 10:02 PM, Tom Chiffrilller wrote:
> Hi everyone, just wondering how many adults and or mentors your team
> has. I am coaching solo and feel overwhelmed at managing all the
> kids. Any ideas? As soon as I start helping a few on a task the
> others start running around. I don't want to be a policeman all
> the time but am wondering how to keep the others busy. thanks. The
> kids range from 10 to 13 years old.
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