• "There are three constants in life-change, choice, and principles."-Stephen Covey


    Stephen Covey wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. These principles were then transformed into leadership training for students across all grade levels. As a Leader In Me Lighthouse school, we use the (now) 8 Habits to teach and reinforce strong leadership skills by showing students the power of their own choices. These are the Habits and an idea of how we employ them in our classroom.

    1. Be Proactive-we understand that we are each responsible for our own actions and have to make good decisions early-on in order to be the best leader and student we can be. We are in control of ourselves and our learning.

    2. Begin with the End in Mind-we know that we need to understand our learning objectives, set timely and attainable goals, and make a plan in order to reach our goals.

    3. Put First Things First-we realize that we must get our work done before we can play, both at school and at home.

    4. Think Win-Win-we know that sometimes we have disagreements with our friends, but we can think of a way to get along and find a solution that benefits all of us.

    5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood-we realize that we need to be good listeners who try to understand what the other person is saying before trying to share our own point-of-view. We listen in order to empathize and not just to respond.

    6. Synergize-we realize that in order to be a highly effective classroom community, we need to work together and help each other when we can.

    7. Sharpen the Saw-we know that in order to show our very best leadership skills, we need to take breaks for our minds, bodies, and emotions.

    8. Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs-we see that we are all good at something. We can create and achieve common goals by sharing our talents and encouraging and empowering others to do the same.