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Classroom Leadership
Russell Yates

In order to encourage students to develop independent learning and school skills, I have instituted a leadership program. First I broke down the characteristics of an independent learner into its components. I then sorted these components into three categories and labeled them "Classroom Leadership," "Community Leadership," and "School Leadership." At the beginning of each school year I teach students what the components of an independent learner are. After a couple of weeks students may apply for a leadership position. First they must apply to become a Classroom Leader. Next, after a month of showing they can consistently accomplish all of the components of both a Classroom Leader and a Community Leader, they may apply to become a Community Leader. In the same fashion they may next apply to become a School Leader.

Each of these positions allows students certain privileges or responsibilities such as being a line leader, a booktalk teacher, a library helper, or a morning teacher. Although I insist that each applicant exhibit all of the traits for each level they apply for prior to earning the position - and I will revoke a student's privileges if need be (they can reapply in a week), my hope is that every student will become a leader and consistently exhibit all of the traits of an independent learner. I am careful in how I manage this so that it does not create an elitist atmosphere in my classroom.

The following links lead to copies of each of the application forms.

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