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