Monday, July 16, 2012

The Leader In Me!

Recently some co-workers of mine were introduced to "The Leader in Me". Not familiar!? Check it out here or just read this little bunch:

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.

Although my school does not plan on transferring over yet. We are taking ideas from The Leader In Me and adding them to what we already use in our building. It all follows The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People theory.

Habit 1: Be Proactive Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life's principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.

Habit 3: Put First Things First Prioritize, plan, and execute your week's tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated in Habit 2.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win Genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.

Habit 6: Synergize Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Get the best performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes on exercise for physical renewal, prayer (mediation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to the society for spiritual renewal.
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What I found most intriguing about this whole concept is that the kids set goals and progress monitor with their teacher. It teaches the kids life long skills about how to work towards something and also how to change what you are doing if you aren't meeting your goals. After meeting with my team today we have came up with a plan to make goal notebooks with our students this year. We are perfecting our final plans now and I am super excited to share these with you all! We are modeling our notebooks off of a school in Fenton, Missouri who held the conference. In our goal notebooks students will set goals for AR (reading) test, spelling test, Aims web (words per minute) and math concepts. Not only does this teach responsibility but it also makes the students more aware and accountable for their grades. PLUS what teacher doesn't love proof that their students are improving? We also discussed how these would be great to show at parent teacher conferences.

So--Does anyone belong to a school that is already in with "The Leader in Me"? I would love to know your opinion on what is teaches as well as the pros and cons of the program! Check out their website and see what you think!
I mean shouldn't we be teaching students to think about the outcome of their actions as well as where their future is headed? I know I don't stress it enough! Check back in a couple weeks and I will be sharing the breakdown of how we are making our notebooks/folders as well as the files/printables we are using! I know thats a lot for a Monday! So on another note:
This is the most exciting thing that happened to me last week! His name is Bambii and he belongs to my boyfriend's employee. He is so sweet. He loves to lick people! And please ignore my outfit I had just rolled out of bed and was still in my pjs.. It is summer people. I don't get dressed very often!
I'm also finally getting together vacation pictures! Here is one of the boy and I in Keywest at the pier!
P.S. Miss Third Grade is now MissThirdGrade.com! Wooo hooo! Bookmark it babies!!

13 comments:

Marsha said...

I teach in Muscatine School District in Iowa where our entire district uses the Leader in Me program. We are three years in and we love it. It is woven through everything we do. I have no cons to the program. It is not even a program it is a way of doing life. Successful people do these things without being taught. The staff has to buy in and be trained as adults in the 7 habits, because if you are not living it the kids will see it. We love it...

Courtney said...

Ahh! That is great Marsha. I hope soon we make a transition towards it! I would LOVE to do it!! Thank you for sharing!

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