Extracurricular Activities

Does participation equal success?

About Me

My name is Eric Williams and I am an English Teacher at F.L. Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kansas. I am a husband, a father, and a coach when I am not teaching. Specifically, my hobbies include coaching basketball and baseball, playing softball, reading to my son and teaching/mentoring teenagers.

As a teenager, I was involved in many different activities, including basketball, baseball, tennis and chess. Now as a teacher and coach, I wonder if being actively involved in sports or other after-school activities affects a student's academic success or not.

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My Essential Question

Do students perform better academically when involved in extracurricular activities?

I came to this question as a teacher and coach, because I want to see more students succeed academically. I also think increasing student involvement will change the culture of the school and create a better educational environment. I'm curious if there is a difference between athletic and non-athletic activities like Student Council, Debate or Scholar's Bowl.

What I hope to learn

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