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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!