In this activity, we combine Find Someone Who with Hand Signs to make a new game- assigned leader style! In this activity, students do the Find Someone Who Activity (assigned leader style) where they have to take turns figuring out how many people in the class can do a certain thing listed on the page. However, in this version, the students have to lead the group without talking. For example, if they have to find out how many like jazz music, they have to act it, until people notice they are acting out jazz music. To add another twist to this, they start acting these out one by one, but then begin doing it in twos, so they get practice with leadership as well.
Groups will have 20 minutes to complete this activity. Have fun!
This week in Leaders UNITE at the International Preschool of Raleigh, students had a discussion about leadership in the media through their Leadership in Movies activity. Students first talked about how leadership is manifested in students’ favorite tv shows and movies, thinking of examples where someone acts as a leader in these examples. Some of the examples students came up with were Peppa taking initiative to take care of her younger brother George, Ironman working to bring all of the Avengers back and together, Spiderman training and guiding Miles Morales, Blippi staying up all night to watch over and take care of everyone, princesses helping their family and leading their country, and a cowboy from PJ Masks using his own talents to help a friend.
Based on this discussion, students then made a list of important qualities that a leader should have, which included helping people, helping people if they are hurt, training/leading others, using their talents to help other people, taking care of their family and others, and standing up for their friends. Finally, students drew pictures of scenes in their favorite movies and TV shows where people used leadership.
It was great to see students understanding that leaders can do more than just “lead,”— understanding that leadership can manifest itself in many different ways such as helping others do things that they cannot do on their own, and taking care of others. It was also great to see students taking more from their favorite TV shows and movies, understanding how even entertaining movies can use examples of leadership. It is great to see these students becoming more conscious about how leadership is part of people’s daily lives, and that there are examples of leadership everywhere you look.
Here are some pictures from this activity. The first one is a student’s drawing of Peppa Pig acting as a leader by taking care of her younger brother George!
I lead because… I love being a positive impact on the group dynamic. I love the feeling of checking off a goal on the list and knowing that everyone was happy to put in their best effort to achieve the goal. I love offering compromises, combining different ideas, and providing advice and information during difficult situations. I love speaking in front of other people and seeing my visions come to life through leading.
Here is the Leaders UNITE schedule for the 2015-2016 school year. We are doing things a little bit differently this year, but we believe that this schedule will more accurately portray the goals of the club as well as be more practical for a diverse amount of schools with different club times, resources, etc. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, feel free to email or contact email@example.com . We are excited for the upcoming school year and cannot wait to see what you all will accomplish!
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?
Although the main purpose of my trip to Argentina was to visit my friends in Pilar, I will be the first (but not the last) to admit that I take advantage of every Leaders UNITE opportunity that I can. I was thrilled to be able to attend Colegio North Hills for a second time with my friends, but this time, to also conduct Leaders UNITE activities with the students in the secondary school. Even though I did not conduct activities every day during my trip, I was able to do activities with almost every grade of the secondary school during my visit. Click on the Schedule of Classes link to view more information regarding activities and timing.
To summarize, I had approximately 1 hour with each grade, and instead of conducting different activities with each grade, I chose to do the same activity with each grade in order to better compare the results across the grades and the school as a whole. Click the Activity Description link to read a description of the activity and discussion that took place with the students.
Overall, the experience was quite enriching and allowed me to view the concept and application of leadership in a completely different school and environment compared to my own. I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity to teach these wonderful students about leadership and my club.