Find Your Superpower and Become a Leader in Your Own Way with Tammy Vallieres and Wolfgang Sonnenburg
Using class and learning environments to implement healthy lifestyles is a key focus of Tammy Vallieres. She helps educators at kindergarten level to guide learners to understand and use their strengths. Prevention is much easier than correction. When a child is guided at a very early stage in life, we are preventing them to learn the incorrect ways of eating, thinking, moving, reacting, values and more. Rather than correcting them at a later stage in their life, we are preventing them early on.
The teacher needs to step back into their inner child. Once you are aligned at this grounded space, only then you are ready to show up for the children. Tammy explains that we all have three parts in us – the victim, the villain, and the hero. The hero is the part of yourself which is the leader. At this level you are resilient and confident. As we continue to show up, we need to be the hero. We need to think of and learn about the possibilities there are. You can either bring the calm or the chaos to a space. The energy you as an educator brings to a room will also be reflected to you. A hero is strong, healthy, and also finds solutions. Children understand this and they want to strive to become heroes. The word ‘hero’ also brings a storytelling feel to the education and children can relate to this. Storytelling is powerful and the best way to teach a child.
By using a storytelling method of teaching, Tammy captivates the children’s attention, and she can see how it guides them onwards. It has an influence on everything else they do in school. She teaches them to become heroes, leaders from here on out. When they get a chance to teach and tell, they feel empowered. She helps them to find their superpowers. Not every child has the confidence at the start of this journey to lead, but by the end of the year they do. Throughout the year they get to see their peers and friends lead and once they understand their own superpower, they’ll have grown that confidence to share it. It’s not about being first, it’s about finding your uniqueness and leading in that capacity. Tammy teaches the educator and the children to lead with their own unique strengths.
Tammy believes that before you lead a child, you need to know what your own superpower is. Only then can the teacher be there for the student. Some teachers tend to give one task and judge all children according to that task, but what if completing that task is not in line with all the children’s superpowers? When you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will never think it’s good enough. We need to break these teaching methods, focus on empowering the children and give them the freedom to be leaders using their unique superpowers.