Students brainstorm improvements they would like to see to school practices and how they can work to make these changes and elect “Ambassadors” for implementing these initiatives and create a plan to follow up and evaluate their success.
Students will be able to:
- Leadership skills by bringing emotional intelligence awareness to the larger school community
- Peer to peer relationships through an ambassador structure
- A sense of school safety and ownership over school atmosphere
Brainstorming boards (chalkboard, white board, poster paper, etc), markers/chalk, email (if appropriate)
|10-20 mins (depending on how much of the video you watch)||
TED Talk: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
|If you cannot spend all 20 minutes on his talk, the first 3:00 is a pretty solid pitch for creative solutions in education. There are other ways to cut the video, as well, to fit your needs.
This work of advocating for emotional intelligence practices is especially pertinent to the work done in the “Brain Rules” project of energized/motivated.
There’s a particularly powerful and pertinent anecdote about choreographer Gillian Lynne and her learning experience from 14:50 – 17:30.
|The logistics and scope of the changes that Ambassadors will be able to make will vary greatly depending on the nature of your school. Respond to student interest, ability, and school receptiveness to student leadership in your planning this exercise.|
|The success of this lesson relies on the follow-up of the Ambassadors. Create a plan for when Ambassadors will report back to the group, how they will get support if they need it, and, if appropriate, a timeline for enacting the initiative.|
See “formative assessment” below.
Criteria for Success/Formative Assessment
Students will successfully pitch and (hopefully) enact the prioritized initiatives within the school community.
Suggested Reflection Questions:
- What would our school community be like if all of our prioritized initiatives were successfully enacted?
- What was the process of brainstorming like for you?
- What do you think is the most important change to make for heightened creativity and emotional intelligence in our school community?