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The Leader in Me

Eastlake is a Leader in Me School.  We develop leaders one child at a time focusing on the Leader in Me Program designed about Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  Students participate in student-led conferences and have leadership notebooks to track academic performance and set goals for improvement.

As part of a Leader in Me School, every class develops a class mission statement and tracks school-wide and class goals with scoreboards.  Students are recognized and participate in Student Leader Chats (discuss ideas about leadership with community leaders), Student Leader Breakfasts (recognized for their leadership and using the habits), Student Lighthouse Team (students attend meetings to discuss school improvement and service), Student Council, Safety Patrol, and all students have a leadership role in the school.

Our schedule for working on the 7 Habits for the 2014/15 School Year is as follows:

August-ALL 7 Habit Review

September-Be Proactive

October-Begin with the End in Mind

November-Put First Things First

December-Think Win-Win

January-Seek First to Understand


March-Sharpen the Saw

April-Find your Own Voice

May-Own Choice

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids:

Habit 1 – Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)

I am free to choose and am responsible for my choices.

Habit 2 – Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)

Mental creation precedes physical creation.

Habit 3 – Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)

Focus on important activities, use effective time management, and eliminate low priorities and time wasters.

Habit 4 – Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

Build effective teams and use effective communication.

Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)

To communicate effectively, we must first understand each other.

Habit 6 – Synergize (Together is Better)

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Apply effective problem solving, value differences, and use creative collaboration.

Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

To maintain and increase effectiveness, we must renew ourselves in mind, body, soul, and heart.

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From the Leader in Me Newsletter by Sean Covey:

Bullying in schools is a hot topic and almost daily there is a new program to address it. The Leader in Me is the better solution. While The Leader in Me is a schoolwide process focused on leadership, it meets and exceeds the current thinking for bully- prevention initiatives.

The culture should be one where everyone is respected and feels valued.
In a Leader in Me school, unique strengths and talents are valued, so picking on someone who is different is no longer “cool.” Confidence and acceptance grows. Communication improves through the common language. Parents see the school as doing something positive. The result is a culture where everyone is a contributor to the well-being of the entire school family.

Social skills such as anticipating consequences of choices, making informed decisions, respecting differences, communicating effectively, and resolving conflicts should be taught.

Bullies tend to not accept responsibility for their actions but instead blame others.

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive teaches initiative, personal responsibility, and controlling emotions.
  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind teaches visualizing the future, planning, setting goals, doing things that have meaning, and making a difference.
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First teaches prioritizing goals and saying no to things you shouldn’t do because they don’t align with your goals.

Bullies have a need to win or be the best at everything.

  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win teaches that everyone can win; there is enough success for all.
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood teaches the importance of listening to others’ ideas and feelings and understanding and accepting different points of view.
  • Habit 6: Synergize teaches the importance of working together to achieve more and celebrating and learning from others’.

Bullies have a strong need for power and (negative) dominance.

  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw teaches the importance of finding balance which impacts self-confidence.
  • Habit 8: Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs teaches that everyone has the ability to contribute in a positive way.


What Can the 7 Habilts Do for Me?

By Ava Gibson

Those that are at Eastlake all know about the 7 habits.  We have learned about them in our class and all wonder “Why?”  Why do we have to learn about them?  I wondered why, so I asked Lauren Cox in Mrs. Clayton’s 4th grade class to see if the 7 habits have done anything for her.  I asked her how the 7 habits have helped her in her real life.  She thinks “synergize” helps her because when she does projects or group activities she has to learn how to work with others.  How do the 7 habits help you to become a more responsible person?  Lauren said, “Because a leader is friendly, and good at helping others.”  She gave me an example of when the 7 habits have helped her.  She told me about a group project that she had to do where they had to make a book.  The group all wanted the cover to be a different color.  They had to synergize together to agree to come up with the same color.  So we can see by Lauren’s answers that there is a reason we have to learn about the 7 habits.  They can help us everyday to learn how to work together and become a leader.

Turning the 7 Habits into REAL LIFE HABITS

By Jesse Johnson

The 7 habits are habits that help you though life.  Think about habits like, BE PROACTIVE and SHARPEN THE SAW.  Those two are great habits!  So if you really want to use the habits I have a great strategy for you.  Instead of getting mad at your parents for not waking you up when you were late – Swap that bad habit for one of the seven habits, like BE PROACTIVE!  When you are proactive you do things on your own and don’t make others think of things for you.  So before you use “BE PROACTICE” you will want to be part of the solution like buying an alarm clock to wake yourself up.

Let’s say that your little brother is playing with your favorite toy when you get home from school and then you get mad at him and say some mean things.  Well that bad habit can change with habit number five.  Seek first to understand, then to be understood.  You would ask your little brother why he was playing with it and that you want to play with it after.

In conclusion the seven habits can be real habits if you use them every day in your life.  I know because I have used them and the habits make my life better.