Steven Weber

Superintendent or Asst Super

Fayetteville, AR

Interests: Curriculum design and...

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Full Court Press

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This is the first in a four-part series on March Madness.
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At the end of the college basketball season, Americans become fixated on the NCAA Tournament. March Madness begins with fans and non-fans, who don’t watch college basketball during the regular season, completing their brackets. Some people choose the number one seeds to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, while others select the underdog or ‘sleeper’ teams to upset the teams with the best records. Education closely mirrors March Madness. Every student deserves the right to learn and the opportunity to compete at the next level.

A Full Court Press is a term used to describe a defensive play. When the defense moves into a full court press, they guard each player for the entire length of the court. A full court press forces turnovers and it is done in a manner which creates a sense of urgency in both the offense and the defense.

Educators need to develop a sense of urgency when it comes to the nation's high school graduation rate, college readiness, workforce readiness, student dropouts, and student understanding. If educators attack these issues in the same manner as the defense attacks the offense in a Full Court Press, we may see improved results for teaching and learning. The main goal of a Full Court Press is to score points. If educators create a disruption to schooling as we've always done it, then we will have several things to celebrate at the end of the school year! Imagine if your students could cut down the nets, like the NCAA Tournament champion!

Several teams in the NCAA Tournament surprise the other team with a Full Court Press. The press may create a turnover on the inbounds pass, a 10-second backcourt violation, or a passing turnover. Once the defense stops the other team, they attempt to convert the turnover into points. A 10-0 run is the result of constant pressure, man-to-man defense, and a focus on stopping the other team from scoring. If you have struggling students in your classroom during the first half of the school year, it may be time to put on the press and go on a 10-0 Run!

4 Questions For Teacher Teams To Consider

1.  Do we have a sense of urgency about:

     a) High School Graduation Rate

     b) College Readiness

     c) Workforce Readiness

     d) Student dropouts

     e) Student Understanding

2.  What does it take for students to win in the second half?

3.  Do we have a plan to support students when they fall behind?

     (i.e., A Full Court Press)

4. Does our school have a scoreboard? What gets measured and how do we know if students
 are ahead or behind on the

This is the first in a four-part series on March Madness.
(1 of 4)

Series Topics

1 of 4   Full Court Press

2 of 4   Productive Struggle

3 of 4   Number 1 Seed

4 of 4   4th Quarter Mindset

Dr. Steven Weber is the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Fayetteville Public Schools (Arkansas). Connect with Weber on the ASCD EDge social network, or on Twitter @curriculumblog.

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