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Peer Leader Training

Posted in: Uncategorized by rrichins on April 25, 2013

This last training was to thank them for all that they have done this year to help their peers and school. There is still more school left and more to do. I asked them to find someone who still may not be having a good year and not enjoying school.
1. We went over our student handbook which has:
a. The Peer Leader motto about a healthy enjoyable school
environment, encourageing school unity, and having a
positive impact on school and community.
b. The letter to parents on how they were chosen by their peers
because of their natural leadership abilities, they are
someone who students feel comfortable with in discussing
personal problems, and who has influence with peers in a
positive direction.
c. Things to remember that they can be a friend to the friendless.
2. Then they did the Developmental Assetts Checklist for Teens and after they were done we went over the checklist and discussed the questions where they could have a positive influence on someone who may be lacking the skills or have noone else.
3. We then talked about that if they know it or not they may be someones “Stone of Hope” that is on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King. I gave them each a copy of the quote.
4. I asked them, that if they knew someone who seemed to be having a hard time with school or seemed down, to be their “Stone of Hope”

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Posted in: Uncategorized by rrichins on March 22, 2013


Since Peer Leaders are chosen because their friends come to them with problems because they are good listeners, we decided to work on conflict management and problem solving skills they can use to help their friends with problems or help their friends solve their own problems. This process is called Givin’ It, Takin’ It, and Workin’ It Out. (ideas were from Prevention Dimensions)

Have a discussoin. Talk about the word “conflict” and what comes to mind and that it is both positive and negative and can be good. Conflict is natural and essential and can be between 2 people or a whole nation, can be anywhere from small to a war. We can’t get rid of it but if we can understand it and deal with it in a positive way we can handle it effectively. It is our response to the conflict that makes is constructive or destructive. There are many nonviolent ways to respond so the result is not always negative and we can learn to work things out peacefully.

“Givin’ It” Tips

1. Find a good place to talk and stay calm.

2. Let the person know how you feel and what you want without going on the attack by useing “I messages.”

3. Avoid communication roadblocks (blameing, name calling, and put-downs).

4. If you realize you made a mistake, admit it.

“Takin’ It” Tips

1. Listen to what the other person has to say. Put yourself in their shoes.

2. Ask for clarification if you don’t understand or need more information.

3. Ask what the person wants you to do.

4. Tell the person you understand and agree/apologize, or ask if you can tell your side. (Be ready to give it and work it out.)

“Workin’ It Out” Tips

1. Listen to each other (active listening and “I” statements).

2. Listen to all ideas. Don’t reject or make fun of any idea right away.

3. Be willing to compromise.

4. Choose a solution that works for both of you.

5. It’s okay to peaceably disagree.




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Posted in: Uncategorized by rrichins on February 27, 2013

February Training
This training was to help the Peer Leaders learn to engage with one another so they can better engage with their peers. The main idea is to learn that people have other perspectives and by knowing this they can better help their peers. It also helps them build Peer Realaions which is important for them to be a good Peer Leader. The lesson also helps them improve their communication and problem solving skill.
I used the books “Zoom” and “Re-Zoom”
1. They were seperated int 2 groups and one group got the book Zoom the got the book Re-Zoom.
2. The participants in each group may look at and study their own pictures but not share them with their group.
3. Each group is challenged to put their pictures in a sequence that tells a story.
4. Once a group thinks they have the pictures in a proper sequence they let me know so I can verify and if not correct they can fix their mistakes.
5. Once the pictures are in a proper order the team members view the pictures in sequence so they can understand the story.
6. The goal is to properly communicate with one another and the team that does the best wins.
7. The winning team earns a reward.

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Posted in: Uncategorized by rrichins on February 01, 2013

January Training
Learning From Mistakes
Peer Leaders are chosen because their friends come talk to them beacuse they are good listeners and always have good ideas on helping their friends solve problems. When the Peer Leaders are taught skill on how to learn from their mistakes they can then help their friends do the same.
First we discussed what mistakes are, how it made them feel, how mistakes have made them avoid doing things in the future for fear of making the mistakes again, and that mistakes are a part of being human.
Strategies and Activities:
1: Tear a piece of paper into 2 pieces and on one write a mistake they made and on the other what they learned from that mistake.
2: Discuss that mistakes are common and important to growth and it is best to learn from the mistake to not keep repeating it.
3: We discussed the “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” by Portis Nelsonand how it relates to making mistakes.
4: They then crumpled the piece of paper with their mistake and threw it away to show getting rid of the mistake reduces our emotional baggage so we are not afraid to try new things and succeed in the future.
5: We discussed how carrying the mistake weighs us down and that it is unhealthy to harbor our mistakes because it makes us become overly critical, judgemental, and depressing ourselves about making mor mistakes.
6: We discussed how wisdom develops as we learn from ou mistakes by keeping and referring to the other piece they kept.
7: We read the quote “A Wise Man Learns From His Mistakes. A Very Wise Man Learns From The Mistakes of Others” to discuss how how we can learn from the mistakes of others.
8: And lastly we talked about how mistakes makes and failures are a part of being human. The secret is to grow from these experiences of ourselves and others and to never give up. If we approach our failures and mistakes with the right attitude they can become stepping stones to greater success.

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Posted in: Uncategorized by rrichins on December 07, 2012

Training done on December 4th:
Peer Leaders were trained on “I” Messages. Peer Leaders were chosen because students come to them with their problems and by teaching them “I” messages they are better prepared to teach student’s and their peers how to help people with problems in positive ways. Because an “I” message focuses on the speaker’s wants, needs or concerns, the listener is less likely to feel judged. Thus, since the lister is not being blamed, they are now better able to listen to what the speaker is saying.
A formal “I” Message has four parts.
“I feel…” [State the feeling.] Use feeling words, don’t always use the same feeling, don’t use “victim” words.
“when you…” [Describe the specific behavior.] Describe the behavior accurately, specify right behavior.
“because…” [Describe the effect of the other persons behavior on YOU.] State the effect on YOUR life.
“and what I want is …” [State what would make the situation better for you.]
Example: “I feel frustrated when you borrow my books and don’t return them on time, because I can’t finish my homework. I need you to get them back to me when you say you will.”

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Peer Leader Thank You

Posted in: Uncategorized by rrichins on May 20, 2010

Thanks so much for your help this year. And to thank you for all you do, we will have an ice cream social. It will be Tuesday during both lunches and 5th period. I will excuse you from 5th period.  All Peer Leaders will eat first lunch, we will watch the transition video you participated in and will then finish up having ice cream sundays. Thanks for everything!

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Posted in: Uncategorized by rrichins on March 30, 2010

Thank you to everyone who helped with this years Reality Town. I can’t thank everyone because there were many, but I would like to thank a few. To the teachers who allowed us to change their daily process and especially Mr. Wardleigh and Miss Rasmussen for their help with teaching the students how to write checks and in doing the interest inventories so the students could chose their careers. To Mr. Herzog  Mrs. Wadsworth for allowing us to use the gym. Thanks to the custodial staff who helped us set up the gym. But most of all THANKS TO THE VOLUNTEERS, Reality Town would not have worked without you.

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Peer Leaders

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Thanks for all of your help during Red Ribbon Week. I know most of you participated by wearing the suggested clothing during the week. An Extra thanks to those who helped with the lunch time activities on Monday and Friday. The students enjoyed trying to put pitcures in order and opening candy kisses with gloves. The opstacle course was great and thank you for taking your positions. I will be scheduling a training before Thanksgiving break so be watching my blog and paying attention to the announcements.

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Hello world!

Posted in: Uncategorized by rrichins on September 16, 2009

Welcome to WSD Blogs. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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