Developing Leadership Skills
This week’s chat began by defining exactly what leadership is and then the chat turned to teaching leadership skills in school for gifted students. Opportunities outside of school were also discussed. A full transcript available.
Leadership by one definition is the exceptional capability or potential to influence and empower people. It can be demonstrated by an advanced level on performance assessments at the ninety-fifth percentile and above on standardized leadership tests. Some of the characteristics of leadership include curiosity, flexibility, persistence and hope.
It has been found that it is important to teach leadership skills. These skills can assist in self-esteem, decision making and developing critical thinking. They help prepare students for careers where responsible and positive leadership is essential.
Ways in which educators can incorporate leadership training into their curriculum include using science classes to present opportunities for critical thinking, analysis and creative problem solving. Teachers can also include biographies of great leaders in their LA curriculum to read and discuss. Students can learn leadership skills in humanity classes by preparing well-researched ideas in speeches and written reports. Summer classes can be a time to explore interests and allow students to engage in areas not available during school sessions.
Where can students find opportunities to develop leadership skills outside the classroom? Extracurricular activities provide avenues for developing skills necessary to lead within group and team activities. Finding mentors who are community leaders can help promote leadership skills and allow them to develop naturally. Volunteering exposes students to opportunities to practice and model leadership skills while helping those in need.
“Creating Opportunities to Develop Leadership Ability” from @DukeTIP
“Leadership Development Program Fulfills Gifted Students’ Needs” from @TxGifted (pdf) #TAGT
Cybraryman’s Debate Page
Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page
Cybraryman’s Leadership Page
“Making Great Kids Greater: Easing the Burden of Being Gifted” Sisk (Amazon)
Posted on July 16, 2013, in Critical Thinking, Education, gifted education and tagged critical thinking, curiosity, deep thinkers, education, gifted and talented, gtchat, leadership, mentoring, persistence, TAGT, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.