I recently listened to a lesson on leadership by Dr. John Maxwell titled “Leadership Off the Wall”. The focus of the lesson was based on the fact that what is on our wall tells a lot about our leadership style. It made me start thinking about what is on the wall in our gyms! When people walk into your classroom (gym) what message are you giving them? Are the messages positive and promoting your philosophy of teaching? Is there evidence that you are teaching to your State or NASPE Physical Education Standards? Are the bulletin boards changed often? Will people look at you as a leader in our profession based on what they see on the walls? Yes, I know that this can be a chore but it’s a great way to share important information not only with your students but also with adults that walk into your gym.
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A few quotes that were mentioned in the lesson from Dr. Maxwell that hit home with me were:
“Practice, then Preach”—Sign in the office of Mary Jean Thornton, a former Executive Vice President, The Travelers
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”—Quote by President John Quincy Adams
“It can be done.”—Sign on the desk of President Ronald Reagan
“I am responsible.”—Sign in the office of Rudy Giuliani
“If it is to be, it is up to me.”—Quote that summarizes the attitude of good leaders.
So, what is on your wall and what picture does it paint about you and your teaching?!