Hello everyone, I just finished a great lesson with my little guys and gals about my leadership project. As my previous post stated, this year I am looking at using many of the suggestions and ideas in “The Leader in Me“, by Stephen Covey in my classroom.
My initial lesson was simple, I asked the students what a leader was and what makes a leader. The students didn’t understand at first and began stating names of individuals that were leaders like Obama, Shawn (that is me), Vlad (another staff) and other names of individuals. So, obviously to vague, I rephrased the question and asked the question what are somethings that a leader does, and although there were some interesting answers and some that were way off topic we came up with a great list that we can reflect upon later, addition the students wanted to list what people that can not lead do. Here are the responses:
After creating the list, I was both surprised and excited. My little ones had come up with a great list. I then decided that I would ask, “to start what can you do to show you are a leader?” they came up with some simple ideas mostly relating to tasks. I was very proud, they came up with six ideas, which is great. This means that each student will have a task for the day or week. In addition one of my youngest ones asked if we could have a list or paper (chart) as he called them to remind him what he was supposed to be doing. I agreed. I asked where it should be posted, one student said at the door.
Another mentioned the following which was even better. He said “Shawn, you have that thing that comes up on the screen when you aren’t using the computer”, I replied with a yes, the screen saver. He said “yes, that thing, why don’t you write it on there and it will come up all the time”, and the sparks are starting soon the light shall be lite and there will be no stopping them. I am so proud.
As you can see my pet project is progressing, maybe not at light speed but it is. If you have any suggestions or ideas that you think my students will like or may work with them for leadership please feel free to suggest. I am new at this one. Thank you.