My Guide to Leading Enthusiastic Student Groups

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student groupsDuring the majority of my career I have been on the fringe of creating a student leadership group at the elementary level. The idea in my mind was that this group would consist of 12-15 students and we would meet to come up with projects that would benefit the school population as well as the members of the group. While the idea was appealing and intriguing to me, I kept coming back to the potential obstacles.

  • How would I meet with students during the day when I rarely have time to eat lunch?
  • If I could find the time, how would I convince classroom teachers that time spent on this project would be worth it?
  • How would I choose when so many students might potentially want to become involved? How could I get parent support?
  • What if the group was challenging to manage?
  • What projects would we do?
  • Where would we come up with resources to carry out the projects?

The questions kept coming but the answers did not, so for many years I was in a state of indecision. Then, I had the opportunity to attend an event run by Fuel Up to Play 60 and saw groups of students enjoying the experience with their teachers and with each other. I attended this event with a colleague who is a classroom teacher and has always supported our efforts to teach students to make healthy choices. Together we decided then and there that we would take the plunge and start a group the following fall. Continue reading