“Here you go, you can have this one.” A little boy gives a train to Thea and she eagerly grabs it from him.
“You can also have this one,” he says and once again happy fingers snag the train.
Another little boy approaches the train set and Thea turns to him, “Here you go, we’re sharing.” And with that, 3 happy strangers each with their own train piece playing alongside each other.
It takes one child to start a behavior. One child who shows others what to do or not to do. One child to be the leader; right or wrong. That child can choose to bully or that child can choose to lead. A choice to think something is “cool” or not, a choice to accept or reject. Sometimes the choice is made deliberately, other times it is matter of timing, comfort and perhaps even manners.
It takes one adult to start a behavior, to set the precedent, to take their mood and view and influence others. It takes on adult to either welcome or dismiss ideas, new people, or even students. One adult to show what to do so that others may follow. Are you that adult? And if yes, how do you lead?