As we grow in our communication we need to be intentional to work on the area of communication that never stops communication, our body language. Our body language is the most active form of communication and learning how to manage our body language can improve many areas of our leadership.

  • Your students will engage in a fun, interactive exercise spotlighting the importance of our body language.
  • The students will get a chance to identify the body language of others from an outsider’s perspective
  • Students will walk away with a new heightened awareness of what their body language is communicating to others
"I had never thought about my body language until the runway exercise. We were able to guess the language so quickly which made me realize my body language speaks pretty clearly."
Girls Field Hockey Starter

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Lesson Plan

Example Video

See Body Language Runway in action below to get a better understanding of how to teach the the Exercise.

Additional Resources

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Exercise Reminder Card

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Quiz Questions

Exercise Slides

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Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • Why is it important to be mindful of our body language?
  • Our body language never stops ___________.
  • How can we speak a language without ever speaking?
Quiz Questions

At Home

Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.

Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.

  • Question: Why is it important to be aware of your body language?
  • Reflection: When do you feel you struggle with having positive body language most often?
  • Action: What emotion do you want your body language to express this week? What can you do to make sure you intentionally express that emotion?
Quiz Questions

Teacher Reflection

Take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your students. 

Have you ever had anyone observe your body language? Have you ever consciously observed what your body language is communicating to students? Where can you improve the most? Spend a few minutes this week reflecting on your body language and what you want it to communicate to your students and peers.
Special Assignment

Special Assignment

For Body Language Runway have students complete a reflective writing assignment. Ask students to seek feedback from peers, teachers, and parents on what their body language consistently communicates to them. Have students identify three areas of body language communication where they would like to improve or be more consistent in. Students should share why they chose these three areas and what their plan for improvement is.