Monday, October 31, 2011

John Wooden's Expectations of Team Members

  • Always be a gentleman.
  • Always be a team player.
  • Always be on time whenever time is involved.
  • Always be learning.
  • Always be enthusiastic, dependable and cooperative.
  • Always be earning the right to be proud and confident.
  • Always keep your emotions under control without losing fight or aggressiveness. 
  • Be spirited, not temperamental.
  • Always work to improve, knowing you can never improve enough. 
Although Coach Wooden presented these to his basketball teams more than three decades ago, these basic rules are a perfect set of expectations for educators to share with their students of how to act in both in and out of the classroom.  Each of us could model these as the bas

We are all called to be polite as we deal with each other, face to face or in groups.
As the acronym goes, Together Each Achieves More.
Being on time is a sign of respect toward those we will work with or work for.
The quote states, "Live as if you will die tomorrow, learn as if you will live forever."
We will all work with someone else in our lifetime, cooperation is an absolute must.
Our actions earn us the right to be proud.
Balance in our emotions is the key to understanding and respect.
We must believe in ourselves.
Never be satisfied, always strive to improve.

If we as educators could get our students to live out these basic guidelines in our classrooms and schools, how much better off would our students be as they face a world that is in a constant state of change?  How much easier would their transition be, into our adult world?  And, how effective would they be in their role as an adult, with co-workers, friends and family?

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