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Learning About Leadership Traits

Since the beginning of school, all Poplin students have been learning about leadership traits each week.  A few of the traits are:  Fair, Responsible, Caring, Perseverance, etc.  The goal of learning about the different traits is to grow Poplin students into valuable citizens.  

At the beginning of the week, teachers present the trait and give good and bad examples of how the trait is used.  For example as students learned about the trait “Respectful” they learned good examples of this are taking turns, saying please and thank you, and using kind or helpful words.  Examples that students don’t want to use for respectful would be not saying please and thank you, talking when another person is talking, or not paying attention when someone is speaking to you.  After learning about the trait, then classes have a discussion and talk about opportunities in the school where they can demonstrate the trait of the week. At the end of the week each teacher nominates two students who have represented the trait.  On Monday mornings, Mr. Broome recognizes these students during the morning announcements.  

Recently before Spring Break, Poplin held its annual Field Day.  Over 35 games were designed by Physical Education Teacher, Melinda Jobe.  Students played these games with their class and Teacher.  The games were developed around the leadership traits.  Each game demonstrated a leadership trait and gave examples of how the trait is used in the game.  By combining the leadership traits with field day games, students got a chance to work together to practice the skills they have been learning throughout the school year.


Written by: Beth Medlin - Media Specialist
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 by Beth Medlin

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