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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Supporting Young Leaders

There are so many ways we can support the making of leaders in our homes and classrooms.

Model the Qualities of Leadership
No matter what our role is, we can learn and apply the attributes of apt leadership. The more we understand what it means to be a good leader, the more we'll be able to apply and mentor that role.

Provide Students with the Opportunity to Lead
Find ways to let every child experience leadership in areas that interest them.

Meet Mistakes with New Learning
When children err, rather than ridicule or punish, look for ways to turn those errors into learning and leading lessons.

Study and Discuss Leadership
Read books, watch videos, and invite experts in to learn about great leaders near and far. Find out what makes those people good leaders. Discuss the attributes they display and the challenges they faced. Look at the history of their leadership and what it took for those people to become the leaders they were or are.

Leaders develop in our classrooms, and it's our role to nurture that leadership intentionally throughout the work we do and the relationships we build with the students we teach.