The one hour session consisted of the same activity for each grade, the same preliminary questions, and roughly the same follow-up questions for each grade. The follow-up discussion varied slightly depending on the grade, the execution of the activity and presentation, and the responses to the questions. Here is a rough outline of the session I conducted for the hour.
*allow students to call out answers- no need to raise their hands for this
How many of you have cell phones?
What kinds of apps do you have on your phone?
** split the students into groups based on columns (everyone will be in a group with the people sitting behind and in front of them) so that they are not necessarily in a group with their good friends
*give students time to rearrange their tables and seats so that they are now in their new groups
**some groups were given 20 minutes depending on how quickly they rearranged their seats to get into their new groups
**Allow students to ask the presenting group questions after the group has finished the presentation
*Take notes during the presentation- especially on creative presentation tactics, notable leadership and teamwork, compromises, commendable presentation or speaking skills, etc.
** Let the students vote on their favorite app, but do not allow them to vote for their own group
*I do not vote, but I help the students vote in an organized manner
*share positive aspects with the class and each group based on the notes written down during presentations
**let students raise their hands to answer the following questions
*change questions slightly or add/remove questions based on responses and activity
How did it feel working in a group on this activity?
Which was your favorite app? Why?
Did you find it challenging to decide on an app together with your group?
Was it harder for the groups that had boys and girls together?
Was it easier for the groups that are already very close friends?
Which part of the process was it hardest to agree on?
Did you have more conflict choosing the app or deciding what to say during the presentation?
Did one person make the logo or did multiple people make the logo?
How did you decide on the name for your app?
For the portions you did not agree on, did one person create a compromise or suggest an idea that the group used in the final product?
How important was leadership related to each of the separate parts of the project?
Overall, did you use more teamwork or more leadership in your group?
Even if you used more teamwork, do you believe that some leadership was still used during the process?
How do you use teamwork and leadership on a daily basis at your school?
We are proud to announce that our first Leaders UNITE conference will be held on Friday February 27th from 9:30am-3:00pm. It will be in the Cary Academy lecture hall and will include schools with and without Leaders UNITE branches. The meeting will consist of three discussions, three activities from the website, and a few shorter tasks. The focus will be on what it means to be a leader, good vs. bad leadership from an external perspective, and how classroom setting helps and/or hinders leadership development. We will also work on a model of the perfect school environment for leadership development.
Please comment or contact me if you are interested in attending as an administrator or student! Lunch and transportation will be provided.
In this discussion, you will touch on three different- yet related- questions.
1. What are some examples of figures in history or in your daily life that you feel have successfully utilized their leadership abilities and engendered success?
2. Does there tend to be a trend regarding certain aspects of one’s character that is used when being a leader? For example, does someone tend to fall back to his/her bossy nature each time a problem arises during a task?
3. Does there seem to a an upward trend in compromise and thinking outside of the box when completing a task in school environment throughout the school year. If so, what stimulates the upward trend?