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Posted on September 21, 2012 12:40 pm
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Jennifer Hong
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Sports more than academics
How can I deal with a student who places emphasis on sports rather than academics?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 2, 2012 2:45 pm

uGamag
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Most schools have a minimum GPA requirement that a student must maintain in order to participate in sports. If the student is learning and maintaining an above average grade, the emphasis on sports should not be an issue.
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Jenna Herberson
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This is very true, but most of the time, just talking to the coach to talk to the student is very helpful as well. If the student is placing sports over academics, then they will most likely listen to the coach more than you.
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Solution 2
Posted October 2, 2012 4:23 pm

uNaBeZ
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I recommend encouraging the student to do a biography on their favorite sports player. In doing this, students will realize that along with athleticism, people need to become educated. In order to play in the NFL, people need to go to college and earn a degree.
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Solution 3
Posted October 13, 2012 5:52 pm

vemybu
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Try to incorporate sports into your academics. If they are doing a math lesson, use footballs as the subject. If the lesson is based on something they enjoy,then they will be more interested in learning.
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Solution 4
Posted October 2, 2012 5:55 pm

Ashlyn Eddinger
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As many people have already stated, many schools in various counties require students to have and maintain a certain GPA. If they begin to place more emphasis on sports, you should remind them of the consequences that can come along with that. In addition, I would have some assignments within the curriculum that allow students to research a topic and do a presentation. This will keep their emphasis on sports, as well as focusing on academics.
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erugyn
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I like that you mentioned including doing an assignment about sports since its something they like. Great solution.
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Solution 5
Posted October 16, 2012 12:53 pm

edaPab
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I would try and explain to the student that education is important and comes before sports. In order to participate in sports, your grades are looked at first. This is something that the student should know. Maybe have a project or something that the students can research. For example, doing a project on their favorite sports star and finding out how far that particular person went with school. Maybe also you could have a sports lesson that way the student is more engaged during that lesson.
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Solution 6
Posted October 2, 2012 2:56 pm

JuPuqe
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If a students grades are poor because they are placing too much emphasis on sports I would remind the student of the importance of an education. I would also create lessons that incorporate sports or sports information into them. Obviously the student enjoys sports, maybe this will motivate the student to learn.
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Solution 7
Posted October 2, 2012 2:56 pm

JuPuqe
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If a students grades are poor because they are placing too much emphasis on sports I would remind the student of the importance of an education. I would also create lessons that incorporate sports or sports information into them. Obviously the student enjoys sports, maybe this will motivate the student to learn.
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Solution 8
Posted October 2, 2012 7:02 pm

atuLyD
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I would want to stress to the student that I will hold them accountable for their work and that they need to earn the privilege through academics to be able to play whatever sport that they want to play. I will not show favoritism (give a grade they do not deserve, give them several chances, pass them when they didn't really pass) towards the athletes because it is not fair for the rest of the students who do not play sports. Athletes need to earn their way to play through academics.
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Solution 9
Posted October 5, 2012 9:00 pm

David Corrigan
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I would try to explain to the student how important an education is even to athletes. I would give examples to the student of well educated athletes. I would also try to incorporate sports into my lessons so the student would be interested in the subject matter.
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Solution 10
Posted October 15, 2012 7:21 pm

Justin Mortenson
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I think a talk with the student is all that may be in order. To start the discussion off you could show some understanding to the fact the student is focusing on something they are passionate about, and that doing that is a good thing. A simple reminder of how important academics are can possibly refocus the student. If the student is not even trying then, you can demonstrate how easy it is to succeed if they would put forth the smallest amount of effort. If the student is trying, but failing, then this is an opportunity to offer additional help outside of the class session.
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Solution 11
Posted February 22, 2013 3:45 pm

ypedeD
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Speak with the coach! In most schools, students cannot play sports unless their grades are superior! Explan to the student he/she can be the best athlete in the world, but if there is no academics behind it, they will go nowhere. Colleges look for academic achievements before they look for athletics. Its a packaged deal.
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Solution 12
Posted March 12, 2015 1:42 pm

Jordan Najafi
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I would have a one-on-one talk with the student. Ask them their athletic aspirations. If those aspirations include playing sports at the collegiate level, explain to them that they must meet academic requirements before a recruiting scout would even consider them. Also explain that college coaches want student-athletes; the better a student's academics, the more academic scholarships they will be eligible for. That will make it easier for the coach to offer an athletic scholarship. Include the parents on the meeting, so that they are also aware of the implications.
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Solution 13
Posted October 4, 2015 3:45 am

puLaGu
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Like others have stated it is important the student keeps the minimum GPA so they can stay in sports. If their grade starts to drop it is important to encourage them to take more time to study and do homework or go to tutoring until they get their grades up. If the student just does not want to pay attention in class I think it is a great idea to add sports to the curriculum to help the student understand the concept better.
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Solution 14
Posted October 4, 2018 5:52 pm

uDyJeZ
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Introduce the students to possible careers in the field of sports other than athlete. These may include careers in sports medicine, recreation management, coaching or physical therapy. If this student can realize that there are ways to combine academics and athletics he or she may be more motivated in school.
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