It turns out that in a little under two weeks, I'll be teaching a course on leadership to 7th graders. They've already gone through an elaborate course over the last two years in teamwork and communication... and the 8th grade gets a course devoted to thinking, organization, and reaching for goals. That leaves a precarious middle ground that I'm not at all sure how to bridge. So I'm giving this basic framework to the class... today. I think I'll have to make some lists of elements that are good, though, on ... you guessed it... index cards!
There's definitely some overlap between the 8th grade curriculum and the 6th grade curriculum already. Figuring out how to bridge that gap so that kids can learn new things in this class while still move forward in the next class to a greater awareness of themselves as leaders is going to be tricky.
Any advice about moving forward in teaching this class?