To take children seriously is to value them for who they are right now rather than adults-in-the-making.
– Alfie Kohn
Learning leadership skills from a young age can provide students with an excellent head start in life. Even if they have personalities that are not automatically predisposed to leading other people, it can be extremely valuable to learn different leadership techniques to develop confidence and overall mental well being.
Activity: This is Me!
Confidence is key to building leadership skills in students from an early age.
This activity is one of the best to foster and unlock this type of confidence. It’s quite self-explanatory, the game is a celebration of the self.
Have your students grab a piece of paper and draw themselves on it.
Not only that, but encourage them to put things on the paper that they think help define their identities.
This can be things such as zip codes to areas where they are from, or a cut out from a magazine of one of their favorite athletes or celebrities.
Once they have finished creating this shrine to themselves, have them swap with other kids in the room and get them to compare differences and what they have in common.
This is an instrumental technique in ensuring kids become comfortable with who they are, and what they wish to represent.