While cultivating the skills they will need to build strong, successful relationships participants will learn how to find their voice and showcase themselves and their work in the best way.
What are Soft Skills? Soft Skills are defined as the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively with other people. They include, but are not limited to: Presentation and Public Speaking – Communication (with individuals and within a group) – Negotiation – Delegation – Adaptability – Initiative – Critical Thinking – Time management – Conflict resolution – Teamwork – Critical thinking – Emotional Intelligence (Empathy) – Consideration – Honesty – Preparation – Organization
What do Yoda, Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou all have in common? Their ability to affect and influence people was unquestionable-but their real power lay in the way they could empower people. People followed Dr. King through torment and peace and were inspired by his example to be catalysts of change. Maya Angelou was an influence and inspiration to both Tupac Shakur and President Barack Obama. Yoda was the oldest, wisest and most influential of all the Jedi.
Everyone has the capacity to be a Leader. Some people simply don’t know how to access their inner Jedi. Through play, exploration, art, drama, engineering and physical activities you will learn how to communicate, negotiate, delegate, adapt, take initiative, resolve conflict, think critically, prepare and organize effectively and empower yourself and your peers.
This class will include:
-Improvisation and other Theatre games
-Building with Kinex, Legos and other materials
-Balloon relay races, sack races and obstacle courses
-Engineering with gumdrops, marshmallows and spaghetti, making DIY catapults
-Fencing (with inflatable lightsabers)
-Dodgeball (foam balls), Volleyball and other physical activities
-Building a life-sized house out of recyclable materials, and more
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Leadership/Soft Skills and Public Speaking Rhetoric – Amanda Sawyer has been teaching students of all ages for over ten years. Her passion is watching students acknowledge their growth and take pride in their achievements as they begin to see themselves as individuals with the ability to better their society. Amanda has taught Social Skills, Chess, French, Theater, and Dance in addition to tutoring students in Math and English. She is currently a substitute teacher for the Alt School in New York, and she teaches Soft Skills, Leadership and Public Speaking at the United Nations International School, The Hudson School and other schools in New York and New Jersey.
In New York Amanda has taught at the Leman Preparatory School, the Packer Collegiate School, the Resurrection Episcopal Day School, The Hewitt School, The Manhattan Church of Christ and more. Amanda has also taught students from Allen Stevenson, St. Bernard’s, Dalton, Horace Mann, Ecole International and Chapin outside of school.