Stress the Value of Competing

Some students are afraid to compete because they fear defeat. Perhaps they have had a bad experience earlier in their lives in Academic Games or in another situation. Some students … Continue →

Teach by Example

Show your excitement and love of the games to your students. Try to improve their skills, while at the same time learning from them to help your coaching ability. Ask … Continue →

Share the Wealth of Presidents

When preparing for Presidents competition, divide the presidents in the range for the tournament among your players. Have each player gather information about the president(s) assigned to him or her. … Continue →

Recruiting Time

With the opening of school, it is time to take steps to invite back returning players and recruit newcomers. Here are some ways this can be done. Shortly before school … Continue →

Prepare for Year-Round Competition

It may sound ridiculous, but worksheets and reading materials done over the summer and in between local and national competition give willing students an edge over those who compete but … Continue →

End-of-Year Reflection

Now that Nationals is over, it’s a good time to have students reflect on what they’ve learned and how far they’ve come in their learning this year. Sometimes, students are … Continue →

Require Attendance

Improvement in anything comes from practice and participation. Players who show up consistently get better, and those who don’t attend practices don’t get better. A good student who does not … Continue →