Activity: Student Appreciation: Nurturing and Developing (S.A.N.D.)
8/9/2012 12:00 AM ,
I’ve adapted an activity by Mathew Gregory and Natalie Munoz called S.A.N.D. (Student Appreciation: Nurturing and Developing) to reflect The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® and provides students an opportunity to receive frequent feedback from their peers. This activity, which has become a regular part of staff meetings with my Resident Assistants, help them develop a deeper understanding of the Five Practices—especially Encourage the Heart—by looking at all the ways they have seen the practices in action.
Through this activity students will:
Time Required: 10-20 minutes
Materials and Equipment
Before the activity begins, label a glass, jar, or bottle with each participant’s name. (Alternatively, you could ask participants to label their own.)
Distribute a vessel to each participant, along with a copy of the SAND handout.
Explain the process: students will be recognizing each other for practicing leadership behaviors. They should think about past behaviors and remember a specific instance when they saw one of their colleagues act as a leader. With an example in mind, they should address that person, for example, saying: “Judy, I saw you Model the Way when you explained to Gary how health and safety inspections relate to our department’s core values.”The student would then pour the corresponding colored sand into the vessel of the person being recognized. (In this example, the speaker would pour green sand into Judy’s vase – green symbolizing Model the Way leadership behaviors.)
Spend about 10-20 minutes with the S.A.N.D. activity 2 or 3 times each month. Students can use the feedback to set goals for themselves. For example, if Judy notices that she has plenty of green sand (Model the Way) but no purple sand (Challenge the Process) in her jar, she might set a goal to take the initiate in experimenting over the next week or two. By the end of the year, students will have a colorful reminder of how they have grown as a leader.
Rob Rennich, M.Ed. is a Certified Facilitator of The Student Leadership Challenge and a Residential Coordinator and leadership educator at Ohio University in Athens, OH. In addition to consulting and facilitating The Student Leadership Challenge® Workshop, he also has expertise in games for teaching and training, serious games and gamification. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.