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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

Great Leadership Book – All Blacks Rugby

Looking for a great Leadership book? – Legacy talks about the Leadership attributes that make the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team best in the world.  A great read whether or not you are a sports fan.  There is a summary of the big ideas below.  Enjoy!

Attitude Matters

On Saturday we were driving through Montana on our way home from a great Spring Break vacation.  In one town we stopped for a quick lunch at McDonald’s.  The restaurant was pretty busy.  One cashier I noticed was complaining a fair bit under her breath but loud enough to hear.  It was a real contrast from the other workers at the restaurant.  I found it irritating to listen to. When we approached the till she said to herself  “shoot me now!” refering to who knows what.  I couldn’t resist and said with a smile “No thanks, there wouldn’t be anyone to take my order!”  She laughed and served us but I noticed a little later she was right back at the complaining.

A couple hours later we pull into Costco with a mission to buy some cheap butter.  I decide to top the car up with gas.  It is cold and sleet snowing and this one Costco employee is out there by herself sweeping and shovelling snow aside and making sure the pumps work.  As I got out she greeted me with a “Happy Easter” and asked how my day was going.  If anyone had a reason to complain it was this lady.  But she left me with a smile on my face.

We choose our attitude – attitude matters!

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