The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

I have a few core educational values close to my heart.  One is to treat each child as if they were my own, and another is to teach using stories.  I'd like to combine each of these philosophies in this post to share a story on leadership lessons I learned from my own children. 

My wife and I have raised our children to value school and take it very seriously.  We have 2 children, who enjoy school and work hard at it.  We also value athletics and extra curricular activities as a way to extend learning in a social and team oriented venue.  This fall season has provided me the opportunity to learn valuable life and leadership lessons from my own children.

Samantha is a sophomore in high school and is on the field hockey team this fall.  The team has not won a game this season and has not yet scored a goal.  It's times like these that challenge a teams moral compass.  Teams with poor leadership will begin to point fingers, blame the coach, or not give their all, while teams with strong leaders use this as an opportunity to thrive.  I went to my daughter's last game and witnessed the latter.  My daughter's team lost 6-0, but the coach and players stayed positive throughout.  After the game the team left the field to meet up with their parents, except my daughter.  She went around the perimeter of the field picking up each cone and any trash that littered the field.  She was the last one to leave the field.  I gave her a big hug as she approached me and told her how proud I was of her.  I pointed out to her that what she did after the game was more important than anything she could have done during the game, and that being a leader is not a part time job, it's a full time job.  I am thankful my daughter reinforced that valuable lesson for me.

Jacob is in the 8th grade and plays football in the fall.  Last year I was fortunate enough to coach him and our team won the Super Bowl!  After the Super Bowl we had the opportunity to play in a regional championship, but Jacob's appendix burst the night before the game, forcing us to miss the game and spend a week in the hospital.  This year he was excited to get back on the field.  He captained the team for the first 2 games, until he broke his elbow and needed surgery in game 3.   Season ending injuries can devastate a player.  I was very concerned about how Jacob would handle it.  He showed his leadership by attending every practice and every game in support of his team.  He is positive and enthusiastic.  I gave him a hug after the next game and told him how proud I was of him.  I told him that you don't have to be on the field to be a leader, and he was living proof of that.  I am thankful my son reinforced that valuable lesson for me. 

The best part of being an educator is that I've witnessed 100's of these stories with my students, teachers, players, coaches and families.  I consider them all my children!  Please share your leadership stories :)  

Views: 128

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Profile IconJohn Bowden, Randy Tipton, janice antoine and 2 more joined The Educator's PLN
yesterday
Jose Hodge posted a blog post

DORM SWEET DORM

College dorms are a great place to make friends, find classmates and enjoy college more closely. But which one to choose? This is often the big question for those who have to travel miles away from home to attend college the next year. This is the current situation of approximately 200,000 students, so it is very important to know all the details. In this case, we give you some advice so you can choose the best place without dying in the process and having a great time. Take notes!Find the best…See More
yesterday
Nancy Carolina Mendez Melo updated their profile
Monday
Thomas Whitby's video was featured

Community for Creativity, Fayette County Public Schools

Learn about the Community for Creativity 2018- 2019 pilot program for Fayette County Public Schools through this video collaboratively produced by the studen...
Nov 7
Thomas Whitby posted a video

Community for Creativity, Fayette County Public Schools

Learn about the Community for Creativity 2018- 2019 pilot program for Fayette County Public Schools through this video collaboratively produced by the studen...
Nov 7
andy mellor posted a blog post

Taking control, taking ownership and stepping up!

For some time now I have believed very strongly that the profession should help to regulate and support itself.On Friday Dame Alison Peacock from the Chartered College, Sir Kevan Collins from EEF and I presented to 50+ school leaders in the North West on a vision for more autonomy for schools and more self regulation.I covered the outcome of the NAHT Accountability Commission which talks about school leaders stepping up and taking responsibility for themselves and their peers as quite simply,…See More
Nov 7
Profile IconJinny Christiansen, Tulia and Erin Magagna joined The Educator's PLN
Nov 7

© 2018   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service