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Leader in Me
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We continue to be very excited about implementing "The Leader in Me," in the School that SHINES!
Everyone has the potential to be a leader! Students have the capacity to lead their own lives and affect those around them by making positive choices. The Leader in Me provides students with activities that will help them learn practical character and life skills that will lead to those positive choices. Students will participate in age appropriate fun activities designed to get them thinking.
Your child is about to embark on an exciting journey, and our hope is that you will ask your child how he or she is doing along the way. Leader in Me activities are an opportunity to engage students with realistic situations and hands-on activities that provide opportunities to explore the use of 7 Habits principles of effectiveness. Having your child reteach the content to you will give them an even deeper understanding and will give both of you an opportunity to learn together!
7 Habits of Happy Kids
Habit 1 Be Proactive • Choose Your Response
Habit 2 Begin With the End in Mind • Have a Plan, Live by Design
Habit 3 Put First Things First • Work First, Then Play
Habit 4 Think Win-Win• Everyone Can Win
Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood • Listen Before You Talk
Habit 6 Synergize • Together Is Better
Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw • Balance in Life Feels Best
Check out "Parent's Place" at www.TheLeaderinMe.org You will find ideas to use at home that involve the family and reinforce your child's learning in a fun, interactive way.
Reading with the 7 Habits
There are a lot of books which can reinforce the 7 Habits. Please take a minute to check out this book list, and share these books with your family!
Habit #1 Be Proactive
For November and December our focus is:
Habit # 1 - Be Proactive
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. (Choose my own weather) I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Hand Signal – Place your thumb to your chest.
What does being proactive look like?
At school . . .
- Having a “can do” attitude
- Doing the most important things first
- Completing work with my best effort
- Organizing materials, books, notes, supplies and putting everything away.
- Cleaning up after myself
- Hanging my coat in my locker and boots on the boot rack
- Being a good friend
- Standing up to bullying
- Choosing my own weather
At home . . .
- Do the most important things first
- Complete homework
- Organize materials/books for the next school day and pack my backpack
- Dress for the weather
- Do my chores without being asked
- Make healthy food choices from all four food groups, at every meal.
- Brush my teeth
- Bath and take care of my body
There certainly are many, many more examples of how to be proactive. This is the first habit of the 7 habits, and the most fundamental habit that all the other habits are built upon. Let’s work together to help our children understand what it means to “Be Proactive!”
Habit #2 Begin With the End in Mind
For the month of January, we are focusing on:
Habit # 2 – Begin With the End in Mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Hand Signal – Begin (point two hands to your feet) With the End (both hands point to the sky) in Mind (point to your head).
What does “Begin With the End in Mind” look like?
At school . . .
- Goal setting - that could be for each day, week, lesson, unit, project, etc.
- Using data notebooks to track growth
- Review today’s work to be better prepared for tomorrow’s lesson
- Use agenda to record events for the day, week, month, etc.
- Create detailed plan for project or assignment, before starting the work
- Outline the steps to follow to complete the project as planned
- Use class schedule to pull out the materials needed for the next class
- Picture in your mind what your end product will look like
- Focusing on the task in order to complete it on time
- Avoiding distractions
- Using graphic organizers to plan projects or writing.
At home . . .
- Reviewing for tests
- Completing homework
- Practicing Spelling words
- Doing daily home reading
- Cooking – ensure you have all the ingredients before starting the recipe
- Look at the picture before building a puzzle
- Picture what you want to build before building Lego
- Using a map to plan a route or trip
- Packing the hockey bag for the next practice
- Packing the school backpack the night before
- Packing lunch ahead of time
- Laying out clothing ahead of time
- Saving money for purchasing a special items
There certainly are many, many more examples of how to Begin With the End in Mind. This is the second habit of the 7 habits, and helps children focus on desired outcomes, set measurable personal goals, start projects successfully, and align goals to priorities. Let’s work together to help our children understand what it means to “Begin With the End in Mind!”
Habit #3 Put First Things First
For the month of February, we will be exploring Habit 3: Put First Things First! This habit reminds us to decide what is most important and take care of it first.
It’s easy to get distracted by the small things in life. If you start your day with small and trivial things you will have no time for the things that really matter. But, if you do the things that are important first (the "big rocks") - not only do you have time for them, but you'll find you have time for a whole lot more. Making sure you have prioritized the important things in life will enable you to get more things accomplished!
Hand Signal - Hold up your index finger each time you say the word "first."
Someone who "PUTS FIRST THINGS FIRST" may say: “I set priorities, make a schedule and follow my plan”.
- I spend my time on things that are important.
- I don’t get distracted!
- I am disciplined and organized!
- I know what is important and needs to be done first.
- I can take responsibility and get my important jobs done first.
- I work first and play later!
- I say no to things that I know I should not do.
- I follow my plan and reach my goals.
- I am the leader of me!
What This Looks Like At School . . .
- Come into school, hang up jacket, put boots on the rack, empty my backpack and get ready for school.
- Open my agenda and write down the messages for the day.
- Record my homework in my agenda.
- Organize all the materials I need to complete my assignment or project.
- Listen to instructions.
- Focus on my task.
- Use my class time effectively.
- Put assignments and handouts in their place.
- Put my supplies away, before I go out to play.
What This Looks Like At Home . . .
- Get up on time.
- Get ready for school.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Pack my lunch and book bag.
- Take all my books and supplies needed, to school.
- Complete my homework before play.
- Complete my chores, before play.
- Get ready for bed.
When students practice Habit # 3 they will:
* Demonstrate time management skills.
* Cultivate a strong work ethic, flexibility, and adaptability.
* Develop intrapersonal skills of self-management
* Be accountable and responsible for actions and results.
* Begin to cultivate analytical skills.
Parents, take time to talk about the "Big Rocks," the things that are important to your family and begin to set those as top priorities! Ask your child what they have done today, to "Put first things first"?
Developing Strong Leaders in the School that SHINES!
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
quote by John Quincy Adams
Also, check out the Leader in Me website for more resources.
Check out these Kid Snippets videos created by the Win Ferguson staff and students, featuring 7 Habits language.
Leader in Me - From the Beginning!
How did the Leader in Me evolve?
Respected author and world renown speaker, Dr. Stephen Covey developed a program for adults used by many very successful corporations and businesses world-wide to help improve their performance both individually and as organizations. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” has made a difference in millions of lives across the globe.
“The Leader in Me,” his more recent book, is a program developed for children based on the same principles of effectiveness to develop character and leadership skills of students. It describes how schools in Canada and United States were documenting improvements in academic scores, reduced discipline problems, soaring student self-confidence, greater staff engagement, greater parent satisfaction and improved school culture.
In the fall of 2012, our staff began to think about how the 7 Habits could be used to improve student success at Win Ferguson School. We were looking for ways to help our students become more compassionate, responsible and accountable. The Leader in Me initiative seemed like the right fit!
In January 2013, our staff embarked on a journey and began the 7 Habits training which was completed in April. In March 2013, Win Ferguson Staff joined staff from six other schools in Elk Island Public School district, for a networking and collaboration day on The Leader In Me. Our interest and excitement about The Leader in Me initiative has soared! Although we are already doing so many things to help our students grow and develop, through incorporating Covey’s 7 Habits into every aspect in our school community, we can help our students become incredible leaders and successful learners.