Havelock second-graders get lessons in leadership

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM.

Then the students broke off into groups and played games geared toward teaching them different aspects of leadership.

"This is a project-based learning activity," said Myra Cook, a second-grade teacher at Arthur Edwards. "The kids are doing hands-on activities and they have a product in the end. It’s a more rigorous kind of learning. We start where they are and build them forward.

"The name of our unit was ‘Journey to Become a Leader’ and it started with leadership and who can be a leader. What does a leader look like and how do they act? What kind of character traits does a leader have?"

John McLeod, teacher of the leadership class at Havelock High as well as the faculty advisor for the school’s student council, said the activities weren’t just games for the second-graders.

"The second-graders are playing games based on communication, ideas like trust, responsibility, learning the win-win situation, and then what my students will do is ask them questions and bring meaning," he said. "Many times we play games that we learn things from but we just don’t realize that we’re learning. My students are going to make sure that the second-graders know what leadership lessons they have learned."

McLeod said the high school students were learning as well.

"They are learning leadership skills because they have organized the activities and come up with the questions, so they’re learning how you lead a group," he said.

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