Activity – 7th Grade – Lamar
Unlock Your Leadership Potential
*Prior to starting the lesson, use the Key Cut-Out Template to cut out 6 keys for each student.
- Review Leadership from Mini-Lesson 1.
- Hand out 6 cut out keys to each student.
- Instruct students to lay their keys out in front of them facing up.
- Instruct students to write the name of one of the foundations on the larger round part on each of the keys so all 6 are represented.
- Review the definition of intention. Remind students that acting with intention is very important. Instruct students to review the word they wrote on their door.
- Write this sentence on the board, I intend to reach my leadership potential by using the key foundation of ____________________ to …
- Instruct students to commit to an action for each key foundation. For example, on the Anti-bullying key a student might write, “be a role model for how to treat new students. Be approachable, kind, honest, and help provide answers before questions are even asked.” Another example on the Problem Solving key a student might write “realize the power of an I message. I will stand up for myself and others when needed and I will commit to being open-minded when I don’t have all of the answers.”
- Have students complete a statement for all 6 keys. Allow about 10 minutes.
- If time allows, have a few students share what they wrote on their keys.
- Ask the students, “Which foundation was the easiest for you to complete?” The most difficult?”
- Instruct students to glue their keys onto the bottom portion of the door and hang them in a designated spot in the room. Allow students a few moments to read what everyone wrote.
- Remind students of the quote “What you think about, you bring about.” Tell them their intentions as a leader are evident in not just what they say but also what they do. The more intentional we are as leaders, the more people, neighborhoods, and communities we impact!
- The foundations that were easier can speak to what the student’s values are. The foundations that were most difficult can speak to a discomfort or lack of experience with a foundation. Connect for students that these could and should be ones they work on.
- Identifying intentional leadership behaviors creates a proactive approach to leadership which is what Project TEAM is all about.
- Key Cut-Out Template
- Students’ individual doors from Mini-lesson 1
- Pens, pencils, markers, and crayons
- Whiteboard and marker/chalkboard and chalk
- Glue sticks or bottles of glue