Sources of Power

(30 minutes)

  • Discuss the different sources of power
  •  Have students and watch the video. 

by WJC


  • Have students read the scenarios illustrating sources of power and match the character with their source of power.

Kinds of Power

(15 minutes)

  • Discuss with students the different kinds of power and have them watch the explanatory video below.
  • Watch the following videos and have students choose which kind of power is being used.

Effects of Power

(30 minutes)

  • Ask students to write out how at least three sources and two kinds of power play out in their school.
  • Pair students up to discuss their ideas about how power plays out in their school.
  • With any thoughts they share that they find create problems at their campus, have the paired students brainstorm ideas for using or balancing power in order to resolve these issues. Let them know that this is an exercise to practice critical thinking and problem solving as it relates to power differences, and not a sanctioned session of the school requesting ideas for change (unless you are able to bring some of these ideas to the administration).
  • As they come up with ideas, direct them think about barriers, key people who could help, resources to support their plan, etc.
  • Have students share out their ideas with the class as they feel comfortable doing so.
  • If you are able to work with the students to try and change some of the issues they identify, have them develop a plan using SMART goals:
    • S: Specific - an exact idea of what will happen
    • M: Measurable - a quantification of the desired change
    • A: Achievable - a realistic expectation for change
    • R: Results-focused - focused on change occurring
    • T: Time-bound - the amount of time it will likely take
  • For example, if the issue is more student representation for decision-making, a SMART goal may be: In this semester, students will meet with 4 administrators to determine possible areas where students can have more representation.