Steps to starting the club:
1. Get a teacher or faculty sponsor to help with the club.
2. Look at the page “2014-2015 Schedule” and read it down each column for a list of activities and discussions.
- If you have a limited amount of club time, you can pick any activities and discussion prompts as long as you
- Use all of the activities in bold font
- Pick a few activities/discussion prompts from each of the 5 categories (UNITE)
3. Send an email to email@example.com so you can be on the email list for club-wide volunteer opportunities and conferences!
4. Create a wordpress account (instructions on “FAQs” page) to connect with other schools and comment on discussion posts.
A Typical Leaders UNITE Club Meeting:
A Leaders UNITE club meeting could be run in any of the following ways:
Activities and Discussion
- Starting with a short discussion prompt and spring-boarding into a similar activity (you could also end with a follow-up discussion
- You could do one huge discussion for the whole club time (you can start with a given prompt, but feel free to venture into other, connected topics of discussion
- You could work on a volunteer project during club time (see some ideas under the “Community Activities” page)
- This club does not involve any fees, so no need to worry about paying!
- You will need some paper and pencils, so be sure to keep these handy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any assistance in purchasing these items.
- This club can be done during school time, but if you school does not have club time, feel free to do this club before school or during after school hours.
- All of the activities and discussions on the schedule are written in ” ” because they correspond to the names of posts under the “Activities” and “Discussion Questions” pages on the website!
- Feel free to comment on any of the discussion posts, and start a discussion between you and other members of the club!
I could not believe how sweet the children were! They were all very enthusiastic to try my activities and didn’t complain one bit when a strange, relatively tall teenager entered the room to give directions. As they walked into the room, the students proudly announced their names and asked me questions ranging from my name to my school. They were all so sweet!
There were a few instances that stuck out to me in my first session with these students, but this one stuck with me the most. The first activity I did with the younger (preschool-kindergarten) students was “Create Your Own Superhero.” I gave each group of two a sheet of paper. While some groups easily shared and created the superhero together, others had difficulty agreeing on a superhero and wouldn’t even share the paper with one another. I went up to one group of girls. One girl wanted to make a superhero like Wonder Woman and the other girl wanted to make a superhero like Elsa. They had each drawn their own superhero on the page. I explained to them that the activity was supposed to be about teamwork, and that they were supposed to create one superhero together. They were still reluctant. I asked each of them what they liked about their respective superhero and got an array of responses ranging from the superpowers to the clothing. I paused and then asked, “Why don’t you combine both of the superheroes-and everything you like about them- together to make a mega superhero!” The girls gasped with fascination and began their new project. As the end of the project, I was proud to return to the table and see a combined super hero with, “Wonder Woman combined with Elsa” written on the top of the page.
After much planning and rescheduling, yesterday was the launch of Leaders UNITE at Chesterbrook Academy preschool and elementary school. The club took place during the afterschool program, and the students were split into older (1st-5th grades) and younger (preschool-kindergarten) sections each with approximately 17 students. The students enjoyed acting, drawing, and learning about teamwork. Ivana’s reflections from the first session will be posted in the next blog entry. Stay tuned!
In this discussion, you will answer the following 3 questions.
1. How does a leader communicate effectively within a group?
2. How does a disability such as lack of verbal or physical communication affect the dynamic of a team?
3. Is there a difference between the communication between the leader/the team and rest of the team among themselves?