High school made me into who I am today. Without the amazing staff at L’Anse Creuse High School North, I wouldn’t be the same, and I am forever grateful for the life lessons I learned while enrolled there. There is no way to describe the incredible amount of love I hold in my heart for LCN. When I started thinking about ways I could show my appreciation and thanks, I could only think of one way. Since a huge part of my high school experience was the leadership involvement I held on campus, being able to assist my old leadership teacher in her lesson plans would be the best way to achieve this goal. After contacting the school, I made plans to come in and not only assist in leadership lessons, but to actually teach what I had learned at CMU. So I prepared my lesson plans, and got ready for an exciting week of leadership fun.
Mrs. Hough, our leadership teacher, was thrilled to have me, and put me in charge of her two senior leadership classes. I was VERY excited to help out and teach the students what I had learned. For them to know and understand these skills before college would be incredibly beneficial. One of my lesson plans was Disney themed, which was only fitting since Disney is my life. This activity had the students identify their favorite characters and their leadership traits, while simultaneously relating them back to their own. This use of character identification helped the students look at their personal assets in a completely different way, by making them realize that they too, like their favorite characters, can accomplish the impossible.
Another activity we did together was working on your personal brand; identifying what they can bring to the table. This included areas of expertise, involvements, areas they are familiar with, and the ways they can stand out when compared to others. The last activity we did as a class was created by Leadership Advancement Scholars to explain the book “Encouraging the Heart” which can be explained in one of my past entries on this blog. On this day, I let the activity show the students the importance of kind and positive leadership versus negative and demoralizing leadership. When creating my lesson plan for this week, I wanted there to be an overarching message lessons could give when you added up each separate day. Overall, my goal for these lessons was to give them a sense of who they are as leaders. This worked incredibly well and when all was said and done, I felt like I did a very good job at conveying this message.
Teaching is tough! Though I was actually pretty good at it, I respect my teachers even more for doing that on a day to day basis. All the students in her class told me I did an incredible job and one student even said that they had a different view on their skill set and the way they viewed leadership. I was very happy to be so well received with them all. The experience was incredible. Not only did I get to say thank you to my High School by helping their student leaders, but I got to show a group of students the importance of knowing who you are. I would definitely do this again and I look forward to my next endeavor in leadership education.