Building trust, thinking sequentially, using the skills of the cohort, and delegating clearly are skills that adult managers often struggle to achieve. For a tentative 8thgrader they are “mountains to scale.”
In a recent exercise Tyson showed his new skills as he helped his group build a cardboard bridge that would be strong and flexible. He showed his peers that he had an idea that would work. He described the steps in order and in a way that the group could understand and chose roles for each of the group members.
At the end of the afternoon his group completed the task and felt proud of their accomplishments. Tyson was exhausted by his new leadership role but he realized that the next time he will have increased confidence and competence.