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The Leader in Me
Transcript of The Leader in Me
What are big rocks? This habit teaches students to learn to prioritize their time and spend time on the things that matter most.
The Leader in Me
Great Happens Here
In 1999, Muriel Summers, principal of A.B. Combs Elementary School, approached Steven Covey looking to implement his 7 Habits into her failing school. She felt these habits of highly effective people could be beneficial for students as young as 5 years old. After implementation, her magnet school went from the brink of nearly being terminated to being named the number one magnet school in America.
The 7 Habits
The Leader in Me program promotes the following 7 Habits:
1. Be Proactive: You're in Charge!
2. Begin with the End in Mind: Have a Plan.
3. Put First Things First: Work First, Then Play.
4. Think Win-Win: Everyone can win!
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood:Listen before you Talk.
6. Synergize: Together is better!
7. Sharpen the Saw: Balance Feels Best!
Habit 1: Be Proactive!
Habit 1 encourages students to take charge of the decisions in their lives. All students track their learning data in notebooks that are regularly updated. The students are able to use these notebooks in student led conferences to share progress with their families.
Habit #2 Begin with the End in Mind
All students set behavioral, academic and personal goals each quarter. The goals are based on their individual needs and allow the students to celebrate their own successes. Classes also set goals to work towards throughout the year.
"The 7 Habits are like vitamins. They can be found in all kinds of places and are needed whether you are aware of it or not. They can be mixed together, or taken one at a time. You don't need just the vitamins or just the 7 Habits to live. However, you're healthier, happier, and more successful when the habits are a daily part of your life."
- Arlene Kai, Student from China, A.B. Combs Elementary
Habit #5 Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit #6 Synergize
In the classroom, students are able to see and appreciate their differences. They learn to listen with their ears, eyes, and heart to see things from different perspectives.
Habit #4 Think Win-Win
Students learn to balance courage for getting what they want with consideration for what others want. When conflicts arise, they look for a win-win solution.
The students value each other's strengths and learn from them. They are able to work in groups with students that are different in a variety of ways.
Habit #7 Sharpen the Saw
Students take care of their body, mind, heart and soul. This habit focuses on taking time to keep all parts of your life healthy and balanced. At the end of each week, if students have put first things first, they can choose an activity that "Sharpens their Saw".
The Native Americans developed a tool to remind them to listen first and speak second. The person holding the tool is the only person allowed to talk. When the person is finished talking and feels understood, he/she passes the tool to another person.
Parent and Community Involvement
The Leader in Me program encourages parents and families to utilize the habits in their daily lives. Many programs are offered through the schools to teach parents and involve them in the process.
-Leadership Days: On these days, students show different aspects of the program to members of the community.
-Parent Book Study: The school host a book study over "The Leader in Me" by Stephen R. Covey.
Students work together in groups to create a descriptive poster teaching others about the cardiovascular system