Student Leadership

Abstract

This paper presents a description of the development of the Student Leadership Program at Como Lake Middle School over the past seven years. It investigates what makes student leadership effective in a Middle School, and considers literature pertaining to guiding principles and practices of effective programs. This paper also considers the effectiveness of using metaphors and reflective journals in teaching student leaders. Finally, considering the research synthesis, and upon reflection of the successes and challenges of the Leadership Program at Como Lake Middle, recommendations for improving the program are made.       ~Spring 2006

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Resources to help teach leadership and/or create a student leadership program.

When I wrote this paper, I fully intended the appendix to be a usable resource by anyone interested in either developing a student leadership program, or teaching student leadership. I hope these resources are useful to you! [SlideShare version]

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Appendix of Resources: Table of Contents 54

The Appendixes are designed to provide stand-alone resources to help any student leadership program:

Resource Title (linked if individual file is available online) ~ Page

Appendix A – Committee Based Leadership Program ~ 55
Silver Server Positions (2000-2001) ~ 56
Silver Server Positions (2005-2006) ~ 57
Introducing Your Child…The Student Leader ~ 58
Silver Server Application Form ~ 59
Student Leadership Teacher Reference ~ 63
Pre-Activity Planning Guide ~ 64
Event Reflection and Assessment ~ 65
Classroom Based Course Outline ~ 66
Leadership Course Reflection ~ 68

Appendix B – Retreat Resources and Activities ~ 70
Retreat Introduction and Notice ~ 71
Pre-Leadership Retreat Questionnaire ~ 75
Leadership Retreat Itinerary ~ 76
Retreat – Student Thank You ~ 81
School Sleep-Over Retreat ~ 82
Retreat Activity/Initiative Resource ~ 85
Discussion with Roles Activity ~ 86
5-Square Puzzle ~ 89
Cultures Game ~ 96
Knot the Human String ~ 98
Listening Lessons with 3-by-3 Personal Inventory ~ 99
3-by-3 Personal Inventory ~ 100
Tick-Tack-Treat ~ 102 (A Lesson on Win-Win)

Appendix C – Transition Retreat ~ 104
Feeder School Invitation for Grade 5 Transitions Leadership Retreat ~ 105
Harbour View Leadership Retreat Itinerary ~ 106
Grade 5 Leadership Retreat Journal Pages ~ 109
Full Day Grade 5 Leadership Retreat Itinerary ~ 110
Full Day Leadership Retreat Journal Entries ~ 115

Appendix D – Metaphors to Learn By ~ 116
The Butterfly Story ~ 117
The Bad Temper ~ 118
Empty Your Cup, by Bruce Lee ~ 119
The Ripple Effect, by John Heider ~ 120
The Mouse Trap ~ 121

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By David Truss

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Check out my

‘Leadership Bible’

The Tao of Leadership

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~Other ‘Books I Like‘~

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See my post: a goal that is nothing less than making the world a better place.

 You Make a Difference!

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“Leadership is getting others to do
What the group needs to get done,
Because they want to do it.”

My adaptation of Dwight D. Eisenhower quote.

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LEADERS of TOMORROW are in our classrooms TODAY!

Student Leadership is a passion of mine. One of my favourite quotes, that I borrow from a good friend and mentor, Dave Sands is “I teach leadership not followship”.  Most of what you will find here has a lot to do with Servant Leadership and being socially responsible citizens of the school, and the world.

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Here is a link to some Leadership Lesson Plans that I have either used or developed, (most are included above).

Here is a link to some wonderful Teaching Metaphors that I love to use, (Five of these make up Appendix D above).

Here are my del.icio.us links for the following categories:

Leadership  – Social ResponsibilityMetaphors

Leadership files are all stored here on DavidTruss.com where I keep my ‘Pairadimes for Your Thoughts’ Blog, or on Scribd or SlideShare.


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