Today the Pleasant Crossing Elementary School’s Leadership Club met and began preparations for their first live leadership exercise. Their first task as a group comes straight from the list of projects they created in their first meeting. The group of Third Grade Leaders will be going into a Fourth Grade class and teaching the students how to show “Good Behavior” in class.
After lunch as a group, the students recited their Leadership Club Oath:
“I will Live in the Spirit of Helping Others
With Courtesy and Respect for All,
Honor and Integrity in all of my ways,
And showing Self-Control in my actions.
I promise to Persevere in my effort to be the best Leader I can be!”
They then got right to work developing the skills they need to teach their fellow students how to behave in the classroom. Using ideas generated by the kids, the Group Facilitator developed a presentation for the Student-Leaders.
Each of the Student-Leaders has a specific role that they will play in teaching the Fourth Graders. Because the kids came up with the ideas they are highly motivated to make this project work, they have taken ownership of the project and its outcome. They also see this project as acheivable, they set the goal and know that they can make it happen. The skills they described to the facilitator are all relevant. The Student-Leaders identified for themselves that these skills as having great importance in their success in school. The children also noted that they can track their success in using these skills by watching their grades and their “Citizenship Marks”, making the effort to learn and practice the skills more rewarding. The skills and ideas identified include:
The Pretzel– A skill for sitting still in class.
The Watch-Out Drill– An activity teaching students how to focus on the teacher.
Ask & Answer– the way they should ask questions and answer using courtesy and respect in the classroom.
The Big Game– How Homework and Studying are lie practicing sports and getting ready for “The Big Game”.
Concentration – An activity to help sharpen the students’ ability to stay on task.
The group practiced each of these skills and selected which skill they wanted to present to the Fourth Grade class. Each Student-Leader was then challenged to “Get Organized” for their big day of teaching by practicing their skill and presentation at home with their parents. Through positive reinforcement from their teachers, Group Facilitator and their parents these kids will become true Leaders in their classrooms. They will become Role Models, their impact being far greater than just those in the classes they actively teach!