In September 2018, my school district approved the creation of my FH Knights esports team–the first middle school esports team in the country.
Over the last two years, I’ve learned a lot about running an esports team and the value of esports in education.
Esports is a great way to teach soft skills
Just like traditional sports, esports is a great way to help students develop soft skills. As students are playing, esports coaches can incorporate leadership, communication, and teamwork training right into practice.
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Teaching soft skills is just the beginning. The value of teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) through esports is proven, but it isn’t new. Mindfulness and SEL training are being done at the collegiate and pro level, so it is only natural that it is trickling down to the high school and middle school level.