This year students at Harry S Truman Elementary School and Western Salisbury Elementary School are busy learning the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey). This initiative, The Leader in Me, will help our children find their strengths and potential as we share the common language of the Seven Habits. We will be on a journey with our children as we help them discover their strengths and talents – the leader in each of them.
Below is a summary of the Seven Habits that will help our children develop their potential.
Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.
~Stephen R. Covey
Habit 1: Be Proactive
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ emotional bank accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
I listen to the ideas and feelings of others. I try to see things from their point of view. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6: Synergize
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone. I am humble.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.
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Truman’s GarageBand club meets on Friday afternoons. Students from grades 3, 4, and 5 have the opportunity to create their own original compositions using Apple’s GarageBand software. Some students opt to record their own voices, while others create arrangements using the built-in audio loops. They also learn how to use effects to creatively transform sounds.
Listen to this project by Anna Bitar.