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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

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.

Leadership Class of 2017

A huge shout out to our 3 year Student Leadership grads.  They have made a huge difference in their 3 years at Centennial.  At lunch today we had treats, watched the traditional powerpoint with three years of pictures, and handed out the “Oh The Places You’ll Go” signed books.  Thanks to Ms. McGregor  (Mama McGreggs) who put the powerpoint together.  We will miss Ms. Marschall who after 5 years as an amazing Leadership Advisor is moving on to Bowness and an 8 minute commute.  All the best to our Leadership Grads who we know will make a difference wherever they go.  Go Yotes!

Awesome McHappy Meal Activity

We had a successful lunch time activity at Centennial this week.  For the week before we advertised in the school and on Social Media that there would be free McHappy Meals in the cafeteria next Wednesday.  To further promote, on the day before we had four leadership students eating McHappy Meals in the cafeteria.  The table was set in the middle with caution tape around and a beautiful table cloth.  Lots of students kept coming up and asking what was happening.  On Wednesday they found out that four people would get free McHappy Meals but the catch was that they were put in a blender first and then served in a cup.  It is important to make sure that students know that the food is blended before they volunteer.  That way no one feels pressured to do something they didn’t sign up for.  We declared the winner as the student who drank/ate the most after 2 minutes. Prizes went to everyone who participated and they got to keep the toy!  Give it a try.  Good luck!

Exam De-Stresser

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Leadership ran a fun activity as a de-stresser before exams this week.  We brought in a children’s petting zoo at lunch time. There were sheep, goats, and bunnies.  I wasn’t sure how it would go.  We had a ton of kids come.  Lots of smiles, pictures, and chatter on Instagram and Snapchat.  One boy said “This is awesome, I want to take the goat home with me!”  My favorite part was the smiles.  I love it when an activity can make someone’s day a little better.

Coyotes From Around The World

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After watching Mark Scharenbroich’s Building Connections video with my Gr. 10 class we decided it was time to find a way to recognize the many international students in our school.  Permanent flags were a bit too ambitious for us so the students decided to make maps of the different continents and show how many Coyotes were born in each country.  Fortunately we were able to run a list off our student information program.  This is another way for us to connect the dots and hopefully make students feel a part of Centennial.  Shout out to my Gr. 10s who did an awesome job.

Proud Hosts of Alberta Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2016 – A New Hope

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Centennial Leadership was the proud host of the Alberta Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2016.  Our 100 students hosted 850 students and 150 teachers from all over Alberta.  We also had special guests from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, and Nunavut!  Keynote speakers included Scott Hammell, Ian Tyson, Andy Thibodeau, Tenille, and Stu Saunders.  Our students were amazing!  Thanks to everyone who came from away and made our conference possible.  Special thanks to Laura McGregor, Joyce Wall, Graeme Tomlin, Penny George, and Shar Marschall – the best teacher team ever to host a  conference with!  Check out the video highlights from ASLC 2016  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZpqlBIjEdQ

Thanks everyone for all your hard work – this will be one for the memory banks!

Brent Dickson

Make Memories – Bribe Students To Go To A Game

Leadership @ bball game

Last Friday we had a ton of Gr. 10 Leadership students come out to see our Jr. Girls basketball team beat Bishop Carroll 74-57.  This took some effort on their part because it was on a Friday night and not at our school.  What got them there?  I bribed them.  I offered them double points to go to the Championship game.

In our Leadership program we have a volunteering section where students earn points for the service they provide in a semester.  Recently we added a component where in the semester they have to go to 4 Centennial Non-Leadership sponsored events.  This could be a play, art gallery, concert, or sports event.  They must wear their blue leadership t-shirts to show that we are supporting other school events.

On the day of the event I offered double points to go to the Championship.  I bribed them.  The stands were full of loud and proud blue shirts cheering on the team which three of their Leadership classmates were on.  They had fun, we won, and they talked all about it on the Monday back in class.  They now have another great memory of high school to look back on.

Below are the volunteer sheets and criteria we use at Centennial.  Hopefully they are useful to you.

Volunteer Log Explanation Spring 2016

Volunteer Log Sem 2 2016

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