Leadership: Grade 9

Breaking the Ice

Personal Mastery & The Foundations of Leadership
The freshman seminar in the leadership sequence stresses the discipline of “personal mastery.” It is designed to develop the skills, habits, and thought processes that will enable students to succeed at Suffield and beyond. The Personal Mastery course sets the experiential and conceptual foundation for Suffield’s subsequent leadership seminars. This class meets during an academic period.

• Life Skills/orientation to high school
• Ice breakers: interactive games
• Community values and expectations
• Individual goal-setting
• Time management
• Self awareness & personal identity

• Personal mentors & role models
• Moral foundation: values, honor, & ethical decision making
• Public speaking & active listening
• Prejudice & stereotypes: understanding differences

• Health and sexuality
• Information literacy
• Teamwork & group dynamics
• Climbing wall & low ropes course at the SOLO Barn
• Introduction to College Counseling