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Looks Like the Raptors, Sounds Like the Raptors, Feels Like the Raptors – visualizing and creating great events and activities

I love the Toronto Raptors.  I live in Calgary and have been fortunate enough to attend some of their games.  With a good game that place can get rocking.  You walk in and people are wearing Raptors Jerseys.  They have an awesome video introduction before the game.  Banners, pictures, and displays make everything all about the Raptors. Close your eyes and the music is pounding and the crowd is cheering.  The PA announcers make it sound like the greatest event ever.  It feels exciting to be there, like I am a part of something big.

How does that compare to the events or activities we run at our schools or in our communities?

Not every event should simulate a Raptors game.  But we should think before about how we want our events to look, sound, and feel.  Then plan to make that happen.  Phil Boyte and other Leadership Gurus use this technique to help their students be successful.  Check out the attached lesson plan for a way to make your activities more successful.

Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like – Lesson Plan

Fight the in class cell phone glow

Freedom Writers Graphic Assignment

You have chosen a movie or video to show your class.  You have picked something that you are pretty sure they haven’t seen and hopefully will enjoy and learn something from.  You start the movie or video and then as you look across the class you see many students embraced by the warm glow of their cell phones.  They are sending important messages to their friend in math like :

“what’s up”

“nothing”

“what ya doing”

“math”   etc, etc

Fight the Glow!  I give my students the above graphic organizer sheet than can be adapted to any movie, TED talk, or YouTube video.  It gets both sides of the brains going, helps them focus on key ideas, and is not time consuming to mark.  Not guaranteed to eliminate all cell phone glow but it does help.  Good luck!

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield – Lesson Plan

After hearing Chris Hadfield speak at the Canadian Student Leadership Conference in Edmonton (CSLC 2018) I was inspired to share his children’s book The Darkest Dark with my Leadership class.  It went great – below is the lesson plan and assignment we used.

I began by reading the book to the class elementary school style with me holding the book up front and making sure they see the pictures.  After the page that says “Dreams that actually can come true” I then show them this You Tube video of Chris Hadfield singing Space Oddity on the International Space Station.

Chris Hadfield Space Oddity

Some of the students knew who Chris was in the story but some didn’t put it together until I showed the video.  Then I read the last two pages “About Chris Hadfield” and “A Message From Chris” to the class.

When we were finished I had them get in partners and they had 2 minutes to talk about what some of the big leadership ideas were that jumped out at them.  In a smaller class I would ask them each to share one thing their partner said that stood out to them.  In a bigger class I might just choose a few students to report to the class.  I then share the attached assignment with them which invites them to take action on one of their dreams this week.  Hope this is a help with your Student Leaders.

darkest dark chris hadfield book reflection

Scaredy Squirrel- Leadership Role Model!!!

Our Gr. 10 Leadership students always complete an assignment based on the fantastic book Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt.  Start by reading them the story elementary school style. (one time we tried showing the pages by powerpoint but reading straight from the book went way better) Be sure to give it a very dramatic reading. 🙂 Then have students get in partners.  Have them first share one big leadership idea that jumped out to them from the book.  Invite some students to share with the class or group what their partner’s big idea was.  Then have the partners talk about one thing they could do in the next few days to become a better leader that they learned or were reminded of from Scaredy Squirrel.

Attached is the assignment we hand out.  It is a joint effort from Michelle Lowey and myself.  The quality of assignments we have gotten back have been great.  Enjoy

scaredy squirrel jan 2019 leadership assignment

Kindness – Dew It!!!

Centennial Leadership is launching our latest Be Kind day.  We pick a day and encourage students to wear their Be Kind shirts.  We bring in a different shirt design each time and bring in limited numbers so that they sell out and leaves our school wanting more.  This time we are going with the Mountain Dew theme.  Students who wear their Be Kind shirts on that day are given two cans of Mountain Dew. One for you and one for someone who is important to you.  Each can has a note of thanks on it.  Students can wear any of the Be Kind shirts from the past to qualify.  Thanks to Weyburn School who gave us the original Be Kind shirt idea.

Be Kind – Share A Flower

Recently at Centennial we held a Be Kind day.  Students are asked to wear a Be Kind shirt that we sell at the school store for a reduced price of $8.  The original shirts said “Be Kind” on the front and “…Just Because” on the back.  We got the original idea for the shirts and Be Kind days from Weyburn Comprehensive School.  We just added a new shirt which looks similar to the retro Coke logo.

If a student wore their Be Kind shirt they received a yellow rose which symbolizes friendship.  They were then encouraged to pass the rose on to someone they appreciate.  A Leadership student approached Michelle’s Floral Boutique near Centennial and they generously donated 4 dozen yellow roses.

It was fun to watch the yellow roses get passed on throughout the day.  There were lots of postings on Instagram and Snapchat featuring the roses.

Sometimes a small gesture can make a difference.

Guest Speaker follow up assignment

Phil Boyte Reflection Assignment

Looking for an assignment you can use to build on a keynote or guest speaker presentation.  Try this one attached above.  Phil Boyte spoke at our school. His presentation was excellent and I highly recommend him.  His website:

http://learningforliving.com/

The day after his session we spent time debriefing what stood out to them.  Then the class received this assignment so they could take the next step.  What I like most is challenging them to apply a concept in their life and then report back.  The quality of what I get back has been very good.  You can adapt this assignment to any keynote or guest speaker.  Good luck!

Centennial’s Got Butter!!??

Fun lunchtime activity to try.  We advertised “Centennial’s Got Butter” all over the school and on Instagram.  We did a take on America’s Got Talent.  The Centennial’s Got Butter logo looked the same as America’s Got Talent.  One of our ads put the faces of our teacher judges over the actual AG Talent judges.  Using a pop culture reference like America’s Got Talent helps promote because kids already get what that is all about.  Teams of two made their best butter sculptures with teacher judges picking the winner.  Each kid got microwave hot buttered popcorn and the judges a chocolate disk as thanks.  Happy butter sculpting.

Gen Z may see the world a little different

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR9956gDpUY

Tim Elmore from Growing Leaders shared this video and 3 reasons why Generation Z is succeeding where previous generations may have struggled.

1.    They can see what we often cannot envision.

2.  They will attempt what we often believe is illogical.

3. They can collaborate when we often only feel conflict

A great TED video to share with young leaders – click the URL link above to view

#storybehindthepicture

#storybehindthepicture This has been a successful Instagram feature at Centennial High School which you may want to try. Take a video of a student in black and white. This makes it stand out as different. In less than a minute have them tell the story behind a picture on their phone. Also post the picture as the second slide so everyone can see it. We put them up once a week and have gotten good feedback. Check out Centennial’s Instagram account @chscoyote
to see how we did it. The original idea came from Dude Be Nice – here is the link to their story behind the picture blog
Good luck
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