As we wrap up the first semester, the Leadership Secrets from Santa Claus may be used as a festive way to evaluate your officers this semester; or, as a guide to work with your officer team to prepare your student council for next semester.
By Ashleigh Randazzo
Fun ways to engage conversations between students and teachers. Also an exciting way to get to know each other.
The Blanket Game, Two Truths and a Lie, Shoe Pile, Signs, and Group Juggle.
Explanation of Icebreakers:
The Blanket Game a funny icebreaker to get to know other people in the room. A large blanket is held up between two groups, and one player from each team stands behind the blanket. The goal of the game is to be the first to identify the other person behind the blanket.
Two Truths and a Lie is a classic get-to- know you icebreaker. Players tell two truths and one lie to their partner. The object of the game is to determine which statement is the false one.
Shoe Pile– Ask everyone to take off one of their shoes (only one). Have everyone throw their shoe into a big pile in the center. Continue by one player at a time picking a shoe and saying three things they like about the shoe. Finally have the player guess who the shoe belongs to.
Signs– Each person chooses an action word to go with their name (e.g., “Swimming Sam”), then show the action to the group who repeat it. This is continued by going in a circles repeating your sign first, and then someone else’s sign. This stimulates a way to introduce oneself and learn people’s names.
Group Juggle– Throwing balls to others in a circle and learning names. This can be extended to “warp speed” by seeing how fast the group can throw balls through a set order to each group member.
We look forward to hearing your Back to School activities!
Tis the season of giving! With Thanksgiving in the past and Christmas sneaking up around the corner it is time to start to think of what your Student Council can do to give back to the community.
Student leadership shouldn’t be just within the walls of your school, but also extended out to our communities. Host events such as toy drives, food drives, make food baskets, and other events that benefit the less fortunate in your communities. Every student council has done a school beautification project so why not do the same in your community? Clean up and improve a community center, or another area that benefits the community. Another idea that your council can execute is to host a benefit dinner. Host a spaghetti diner and give the profits to a homeless shelter or a charity of your choice. There are many more ideas and ways to give back.
Share some of the ideas your council has come up with.
– Mario Martinez, NMASC 2016 1st Vice President
In the fall many student councils plan welcome back for students (and staff) as well as put on a full week of activities for Homecoming (high schools). These two events are some of the biggest of the year. They set the tone for the rest of the school year and set the bar for your student council. Continue reading First Day/Week Activities