What do I love about my students? I love their eagerness and desire to create their future selves! They love learning and are always ready for more! They seek new opportunities on a daily basis.
My students smile and laugh often at school.
This is what feels special to me. My students are happy and comfortable. They are willing to make mistakes and are brave in sharing those mistakes to help themselves and others learn. I believe this is due to our classroom lessons or discussions with the topic of Growth Mindset and Leadership.
I have heard students saying to each other, "You're becoming a better person," or "Is that the person you want to be when you're older?" They confront and assist each other with taking responsibility for their work as well as their behaviors. I have a classroom of "eager beavers" that are creative, encouraging and supportive of their peers. They have a love for learning that is infectious and exhilarating!
Providing each of my students with their own copy of the book, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids (purchasing 18) will allow for personalization of their learning. If they each have their own book they will be able to make side notes and underline words meaningful to them. They will also be able to keep the book and refer back to it.
I will use this book and the shorter storybooks (purchasing 15) to develop and encourage positive leadership skills and growth mindsets within my students.
Stories assist students in relating to the concepts being taught. Some of the story titles are as follows: What Would Danny Do, Seeds and Trees: A children's book about the power of words, My Actions Matter: A Book on Life Values, My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength.
Through our small and whole group discussions, students will be able to identify the seven habits and will practice each of the habits in various ways (role-play, art projects, teacher created scenarios, etc.). This practice will assist them to deeply ingrain the habits so that they will successfully implement them in their daily lives.
The book is composed of 7 short stories with a colorful crew of characters that students can relate with. The stories teach the reader about each of the 7 habits by using nonfiction characters.
The 7 Habits are:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Every child has a leader within them and with the right supports, I believe the students will learn how to use the skills and gain the knowledge to be successful.
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