Children learn by observing the people around them and by observing how others respond to criticism or face failure, children begin to develop their own habits and thought processes. Through social and emotional learning, schools and parents can encourage students to begin analyzing their habits and behaviors to create long-term leadership goals.
Want to provide equal opportunities for all students to be confident individuals and be able to communicate their ideas fearlessly? In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Neeru Agarwal, Trustee at Greenwood High International School, suggested:
1. Creating a positive environment in the school increases the confidence of the students. It will also encourage them to come forward and express their creative ideas. Interactive and activity-based student-led learning in classrooms enables the power of learning and is more efficient than regular monologue classes.
2. It is exciting for students to take on responsibilities when they are young. Leading the house on a rotational basis gives all students the opportunity to take on leadership roles and take charge.
3. Organize regular motivational and mentoring programs in which eminent and successful leaders come and discuss about their stories which will guide the students and help them become optimists.
4. We should also promote debates, panel discussions and exhibitions among students. It will inculcate and promote self-confidence, express one’s opinion on various subjects and provide a platform to showcase one’s talents.
5. In short, we need to develop a culture in the school in which students can grow by adopting an innovative approach, motivating them to face challenges and being open to change.
According to Vibha Gupta, Principal, Orchid – The International School, participation is key to leading any event or exhibition. He said, “Once we teach our students to get hold of the basic idea of any event, it is ensured that the students will come up with unique ideas and perspectives. Second, we teach our students to discuss the event. They are taught to promote their events by conceptualizing and designing their own banners, pamphlets, brochures, guide plans, tickets etc. They are also taught to pay attention to the content of the event, the behavior of the audience, great hospitality and the overall experience. ,
He highlighted, “At the primary and middle school level, adult-like responsibility is exciting and empowering for students. Let them make morning announcements, serve as campus tour guides, have lunch with new students.” Volunteer to work, or let students complete tasks in the school office. At the high school level, students may take on larger responsibilities such as planning basketball tournaments for younger students or helping with career fairs. Community-oriented projects to students allow us to come together and work toward collective goals. Through the Elementary Meal campaign, middle and high school students learn that the world is bigger than themselves – and begin to act as if they were in the community Last but not least, we encourage our students to design events with a proper moral lesson that can directly or indirectly impact the society in a positive way.”
With the right mindset and opportunities, we can bring out the hidden skills and talents of the students from an early age, mold them into the best leaders of the future.