It is important to know that in order to create leaders, we must first explore our own self, build knowledge and confidence, before we can ask others to trust us and our leadership skills. I believe this journal can assist in creating stronger more confident leaders.
I have created a journal the first begins asking students to make a promise to themselves for the year. Here is the description promise:
What are your goals & aspirations for the school year? How do you value knowledge that leads to enlightenment for your future? What is the promise you make to your ‘self’ where doubt, compromise, and negativity don’t harm your character and integrity?
From there I ask the leadership students to plan goals set for the year – two short term, two long term, and two career related goals. It is my goal to have students look into the future to accomplish various ideas for the following year – to plan ahead with success.
I then ask students to find a quote that defines their character and describe how it relates to their thoughts, ideas, goals and more. To focus on the power of words, their impact, and their shape allows our students to think more critically and analyze their true “self.”
Weekly Coloring – Each week the students will have a coloring activity with a word embedded. Words like integrity, perseverance, focus, work, and more. It is important to have these leadership words a part of the course all year long reminding our students what they mean and how important they are to the program. Along with the word recognition, the coloring will allow the student to sit and be still with the artwork spending time in peace and working to be more mindful.
*Photos from Doodle Art Alley