It was energizing to be back in the office today and begin preparations for the semester. We teach a leadership development course each spring for the students selected as peer mentors in our program for the upcoming year. The course introduces concepts of peer leadership enhanced with student development theory and personal discovery through MBTI and EQ-i assessment.
We selected a new text for the course after five years, so winter break has been spent defining the chapters and assignments for the syllabus. The new book offers interesting case studies with each chapter to utilize for group discussion assignments.
In addition to work on the syllabus, I have been rereading Delaney Kirk's Taking Back the Classroom. It has great ideas for preparing peer mentors for the reality of the classroom. Coincidentally, Dr. Kirk posted 6 Tips For The First Day of Class on her blog today. Here's a list, but be sure to check out the details.
1. Develop Your Philosophy of Teaching2. Establish Your Credibility3. Determine Your Class Culture4. Be Clear about Your Expectations5. Use the First Day of Class Wisely6. Handle Discipline Problems Right Away
How do you develop peer leaders on your campus?