Leader in Me Skits with Mrs. Ross

Leader in Me Skits with Mrs. Ross
Posted on 08/23/2019
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Langston Elementary Leadership Academy and our Hot Springs Junior Academy are both Leader in Me schools. Part of the Leader in Me model is using leadership habits to enhance curriculum. Leadership Habit 4 “Think Win-Win” encourages students to look for solutions during conflict that allow everyone to benefit and/or “win.” Sixth grade teacher at Langston Mrs. Ross used skit prompts to teach this habit in her classroom. 

Mrs. Ross’ Assignment was as follows: Students were to create a 1-3 minute skit with groups to model the outcome of the various types of conflict resolution. Each group was given a notecard with an outcome. She rotated amid groups, facilitating and asking questions as students brainstormed and collaborated for ten minutes. The excellent outcomes were: 

- Lose-Lose, "No one wins, everybody loses." This group created a scene of two boys fighting over a piece of chicken. While they are busy arguing, their mom comes and eats the chicken in front of them. 

- Lose-Win, "You lose; other person wins." This group provided a narration. Two girls are playing Tic-Tac-Toe. One had been losing all day, so trying to be a considerate friend, the other loses on purpose to allow her friend a win.

- Win-Lose, "You Win; everyone else loses." These students were playing Fortnite and one boy beat the other. When he won, he gloated and cheered himself on to express how he didn't care about anyone else's victories.

- Lastly, Win-Win “Work together, everybody wins.” In this skit one boy wants to go to the park and another boy wants to go downtown and shop. The girl in the scenario doesn’t care what they do, so she asks each boy to explain his preference. Once each heard the other's side, they all worked together and came up with a new solution that satisfied everyone.

Mrs. Ross revealed the prompts to the group after skits concluded and encouraged group discussion about how each outcome could have been different with alternative solutions for managing conflict. As a group, they also reflected about the positive difference that a “Win-Win” strategy can make in building relationships, and becoming better leaders and friends.

 Leader in Me® is a whole-school transformation model and process developed in partnership with educators that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. 

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