The first grade and second grade leadership teams met last Friday during lunch. It was incredible (but no surprise) to hear all their amazing thinking they came up with about what a good leader is and how they felt they could help their school community.
We started off the lunch talking about what a leader is... they shared many examples of leaders in our community like firefighters, police officers, and leaders in their school, like teachers and principals and even in their home, like mom and/or dad.
First Grader student leaders came up with a bunch of great ideas:
What is a leader?
Someone who helps others.
Someone who serves others.
Someone who keeps us safe.
Someone who helps us move forward in life.
Someone who takes care of us.
The first graders decided they wanted to do something to help friendships grow in our school by possibly creating students leaders who at recess help people solve problems and use Kelso’s Choices.
Kelso's Choices are strategies promoted through a social and emotional program where a frog named Kelso helps students use strategies when they are upset or angry and to problem solve. For example, some of Kelso's Choices include walking away, going to a different game, talking it out, saying please stop, making a deal, and waiting and cooling off.
As a parent you can recommend your child using these choices to help solve conflict at home even with brothers or sisters to reinforce these good choices at home. Also, when talking about issues that happened at school, please ask your child what choices they are using to problem solve. The more the school and home are on the same page, the better!
Second Graders also met and came up with some really great ideas.
What is a leader?
Someone who keeps others safe.
Someone who always helps their team.
Someone who can help just one or a lot of people.
Someone who is a problem solver.
Second graders also interestingly enough, came up with a similar idea of a “friendship patrol” and we left with them saying they wanted to be called the “Eagle Squad”! They were also interested in helping students solve conflict and problem solve. We will meet again this week to grow our ideas and put them into an action plan.
I was surely inspired and you should be too, by our first and second graders. I know they will help make an impact on our school community. These student leaders will continue to meet with me on Fridays all month and we will then put their plan into action. With us all working together, teachers, parents, and students... we are bound to see an amazing positive impact in our school.