Student leadership is an essential part of the successful classroom. Recently, I sat down with and was interviewed for an article Building Student Leadership. We dove into what works, some simple techniques I use to engage all students, and how project-based learning is part of leadership in my classroom. Read the full article to dive deep. I've included a few concepts on student leadership below. How do you encourage student leadership in your classroom?
Project-Based Learning and Student Leadership
Project-Based Learning and student leadership building, when done well, add meaning and relevance. They start students on a path to success and give them opportunities for leadership while in school so they can speak the language of negotiation cooperation, esprit-de-corps and teamwork. One cannot start too soon helping students lead.
The Importance of “The Pitch” in Creating a Project
When students pitch project ideas to me, I’ll watch them to see if they’re passionate. If I don’t see passion, I’ll ask them why they are doing this project. If they answer something like, “It’s easy,” we’ll engage in authentic conversation about what matters and work to find a topic that matters to them. The right project is the key to unlocking students’ excitement.
The Need for Teamwork in Class Projects
Teamwork is an essential part of real-world success. Therefore, it should be part of a real-world classroom environment. Every school should have at least one class, if not more, that brings to the forefront each student’s leadership ability and helps to improve and develop it.
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