Last week was tough. I was supposed to be in Yorkton SK for CSLC 2020 (Canadian Student Leadership Conference). Instead I’ve got a mask on my face and trying to figure out a Leadership program in Covid times. I am grateful to be back and with kids. But I was missing the energy, enthusiasm, ideas, and friendships from CSLC. Jackie G suggested that the Calgary Leadership Crew needed to get together for a day of team building and idea sharing. So last Thursday advisors from several Calgary High Schools got together. What a great day. I had fun and came away with energy, ideas, and a stronger Calgary Leadership Advisor network. So in the spirit of sharing ideas and energy here are some you can try in your class or school.
Behind The Mask – Instagram
Thanks to Crescent Heights @crescentcowboys for the idea. Take pictures of staff or students first with their mask on and then without the mask – social distanced of course. Share a short write up telling their story. For more examples go to @chscoyote and @epslancers. I have kids who I wouldn’t recognize right now without their masks. Anything that builds connections helps.
Class Idea – Six Letters
Write on board SBIAXLNAETNTAERSS – tell class to write the letters down on their own sheet of paper. Then tell them to remove six letters from the word and they will find a common English word – you do not need to rearrange their order (actually take out word “six letters” and bananas is left)
Usually it takes them a long time to get it or they may not. Occasionally someone gets it quick. Then debrief what the big leadership ideas are: Only one point of view – determination – working together etc.
More activities like this come from the book Springboard which you can purchase from the CSLA website https://studentleadership.ca/product/springboard/
Getting Unstuck – Cobra Kai and Mike Smith – Class Activity
Thanks to Jackie Groat at Wisewood for this idea. We do Mondays With Mike where we show Mike Smith Harbor videos. To begin I showed a video clip from Cobra Kai where kids need to get unstuck in a cement mixing truck. Lots of my kids recognized and connected with the clip. Then show them The Harbor Season 6 Episode 25. We then finished the activity with a debrief of the three things they identified you need to do to get unstuck.
If you haven’t accessed The Harbor before it is a great resource. Your school’s Jostens rep can get you logged in. https://www.jostensrenaissance.com/theharbortv/
Keep being Relentless in finding ways to deliver Student Leadership in your schools. Better yet, be Relentless Together – I am grateful for my Calgary Crew.
Please pass this post on to someone in your Crew who you think would benefit from these ideas.