Tag Archives: Centennial High School Calgary

#storybehindthepicture

#storybehindthepicture This has been a successful Instagram feature at Centennial High School which you may want to try. Take a video of a student in black and white. This makes it stand out as different. In less than a minute have them tell the story behind a picture on their phone. Also post the picture as the second slide so everyone can see it. We put them up once a week and have gotten good feedback. Check out Centennial’s Instagram account @chscoyote
to see how we did it. The original idea came from Dude Be Nice – here is the link to their story behind the picture blog
Good luck
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Great Leadership Book – All Blacks Rugby

Looking for a great Leadership book? – Legacy talks about the Leadership attributes that make the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team best in the world.  A great read whether or not you are a sports fan.  There is a summary of the big ideas below.  Enjoy!

Easter Egg Smash

We ran a fun and simple activity this week that may work for you.  We advertised all around the school about the upcoming Easter Egg Smash.  We also filmed a video of a kid getting an egg smashed on his head and put it on Instagram.  On the day of we had six volunteers with garbage bags and shower caps on.  There were 3 raw and 3 hard boiled eggs.  Each contestant chose their egg and a leadership student did the smashing.  The raw egg heads were out and the hard boiled carried on to the final round.  In the final round there was two raw eggs and one hard boiled.  Our winner got a Starbucks gift card and everyone got chocolate for participating.  Give it a try – even works when it isn’t Easter!

Grattitude Class Discussion

Here is a quick lesson on grattitude that worked well with my students the other day.

  1. Have each student on their own write down as many things as they can that they are grateful for.  Give them 2 minutes and tell them it can be big or small things, just stuff they are grateful for.
  2. Next they share with a partner.  Have them name 3 things they are grateful for and then learn 3 things their partner is grateful for.  Take turns until time is up.  Encourage them to ask each other open ended questions about what they share.
  3. Invite class members to come to the whiteboard and write down things they are grateful for, big or small.  If someone else puts up the same thing put a checkmark beside it.
  4. Have a group discussion about what they put down.  Ask students to share with the class the stuff they think is most important.  Share what you think is most important. Let the class decide where the discussion goes.
  5. Share the following Ted Talk by Louie Schwartzberg about Grattitude  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoiEkyuQ

Hopefully you find this useful

Leadership Class of 2017

A huge shout out to our 3 year Student Leadership grads.  They have made a huge difference in their 3 years at Centennial.  At lunch today we had treats, watched the traditional powerpoint with three years of pictures, and handed out the “Oh The Places You’ll Go” signed books.  Thanks to Ms. McGregor  (Mama McGreggs) who put the powerpoint together.  We will miss Ms. Marschall who after 5 years as an amazing Leadership Advisor is moving on to Bowness and an 8 minute commute.  All the best to our Leadership Grads who we know will make a difference wherever they go.  Go Yotes!

Coyotes From Around The World

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After watching Mark Scharenbroich’s Building Connections video with my Gr. 10 class we decided it was time to find a way to recognize the many international students in our school.  Permanent flags were a bit too ambitious for us so the students decided to make maps of the different continents and show how many Coyotes were born in each country.  Fortunately we were able to run a list off our student information program.  This is another way for us to connect the dots and hopefully make students feel a part of Centennial.  Shout out to my Gr. 10s who did an awesome job.

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