Cleveland Elementary began an exciting journey during the 2012-2013 school year. Each classroom teacher was trained in The Leader in Me in August 2012. The staff learned the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and will utilize the Leader in Me, as an introduction to personal leadership. All students have the capacity to lead in their own lives and affect those around them by making positive choices. The Leader in Me provides students with activities to help them learn practical character and life skills that will lead to those positive choices. Written to appeal to their age level, students are presented with fun activities designed to get them thinking.
You will have many opportunities to engage, hands-on, in what they are learning and will lead to many “teachable moments.” Having your children reteach the content to you will give them an even deeper understanding and will give all of you an opportunity to learn together!
We will begin the year by teaching three core habits. These habits establish each child as an individual. We will teach the students that success begins with each child. Each student must live the first three habits before we can focus on the second three.
Habit 1 – Be Proactive – You are in charge. We teach children that they are in charge of their future through the choices that they make. They can make good choices and we will give them strategies to help.
Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind – Have a Plan! In this Habit we teach children that they need to plan to achieve their goals.
Habit 3 – Put First Things First – Work first then play! Habit three teaches that we need to prioritize. We are in charge of our decisions (proactive), have a plan (end in mind), and then we do the things that will achieve our goals first before we do other less important things.
The first three habits begin with us. The next three habits teach how to get along with others.
Habit 4 – Think Win-Win – Everyone can win. Habit four teaches students that we need to think of others and find ways in which we can accomplish what we want while respecting what they want. This will be a big habit when teaching students to resolve conflicts in school.
Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand then to be Understood – Listen before you talk. Habit five will teach students how to listen to others and understand where they are coming from, before rushing to judgment. This habit will also play a large role in conflict resolution in school.
Habit 6 – Synergize – Together is better. Habit six teaches that when we work together we can accomplish great things. This is a life skill that will benefit every child as well as the educational process.
Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw – Balance feels best. This habit explains that we need to take care of ourselves through healthy eating and exercise. We need to have time to do the things that we love to do in order to “sharpen the saw”.
These habits are based on the best selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey. In our training we learned these habits and will now teach them to the students. The Seven Habits will become a part of everything we do at Cleveland. They will be our guide as we move forward and continue to create a school that supports every student to strive for their personal best.
Please watch for parent nights and further information on The Seven Habits and the Leader in Me as the year progresses. Please stop in and ask any questions you might have along the way.
“Kindergartners understand that being a leader means doing the right thing when no one is looking, accepting personal responsibility, being nice to others, and showing respect.” – Pam Almond, parent and kindergarten teacher, A.B. Combs Elementary