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MASA Leader - Sprin 2016

MASA Feature www.gomasa.org 11 Changing Communities Through Student Leadership By Kristi Teall Winning and losing: Is that what life is all about? Is our destiny determined by how many wins we have under our belts? Is this what is important in life? To many of our students, the answer to all three of these questions is, “Yes.” As adults, we know, that simply isn’t true. True leadership and success are determined by how we handle situations, persevere through those challenges, reflect on what went right, and change what went wrong. As we continue to evolve through this process, we become stronger and more confident as adults and leaders. As we live life, we experience many things. Some of these things are great, and some are not. Life happens around us and to us, every day. Adversity surrounds us and our students. As educators, we can give our students the tools to deal with that adversity. If we are going to change our schools and our communities, we need to start with our young people. Adversity on the Field A year ago, during a football practice, a student from my district got into a fight. When the coach pulled that student aside to deal with the situation, emotions came spilling out. The frustration was not the other child, but the fight was the result of other factors going on in that student’s life. The student felt he had no one to help him. His perception was, “I’m alone in the world and have to do it all on my own.”


MASA Leader - Sprin 2016
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