When it comes to a back to school event, new students or even returning students can be nervous and scared! As leaders, how do we fix this problem? Most administration teams would say, “Put our teachers out on the front lines.” My question is…..why are we putting ONLY teachers out on the front lines in some places and not student leaders? If you have student leaders to use to your advantage, do it!
I’ve talked a little bit about student to student connections over student to teacher connection in previous posts. Here is a little refresher. Student to student connections are more appealing (other than a student to teacher connection) in a students point of view for the following reasons….
- Students like to have (student leader) friends close to the same age as them that they can talk to any day, anytime, anyplace (they connect more)
- Meeting student leaders is not as intimidating as meeting teachers is
- Students look up to student leaders
- Student leaders can share personal stories of what goes on in classrooms (educators don’t know everything about what goes on!)
This does not mean I don’t appreciate teachers being on the front lines as well. I think it’s also necessary for students to form connections with their teachers. This post is simply to just draw more attention to the needed use of student leaders at back to school events.
Student to student connections are essential for a healthy school life overall. Through school everyday, its nice to have other friends (students) to connect and talk and connect to. IF we as student leaders aren’t making connections with other students at back to school events early in the year, when will we?! School students tend to get cliquey. We need student leaders at back to school events that are ready and prepared to erase the clique lifestyle. Back to school events are the perfect opportunity to start or grow these connections!
At CHS, we would be nowhere without the help of our student leaders at back to school events. WE LOVE help from our teachers as well!
STUDENT LEADERS ARE READY FOR CHANGE !!! WE ARE EXCITED FOR THE 17/18 SCHOOL YEAR!