Dreaming to be a Leader Reply

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Leah Kurihara and Leandra Gimenez

Leadership and 8th grade CCR, College and Career Readiness, went to Disneyland in October to learn the characteristics of being a strong leader: confidence, curiosity, constancy, and courage.

Once they arrived at Disneyland, Leadership and CCR split up in groups for the training. Each  group had a leader from the Disneyland staff. The groups walked around the park and did activities that taught teamwork and leadership skills. During the training, the students also got to ride Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.

In the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, students pair up and sit next to their partner. Partner A asked questions to Partner B while they were on the ride. This activity was to test the student’s active listening skills.

Ashley Reyes, an eighth grader in Leadership, said, “It was a great way to learn about active listening and have a good laugh at the same time.”

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Leadership and CCR also participated in another exercise, making a human web out of yarn, showing students that to have a successful product, everyone involved has to do their part. Everyone had to hold their part. When one person couldn’t, the web fell apart, therefore leading to nothing ever getting done.

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