Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Experimenting With 7 Habits of Happy Kids

This post is all about yet another reason why I love the teacher blogging world!

While browsing on Pinterest all summer, I came across a very cool program: 7 Habits of Happy Kids. I instantly fell in love, especially with the very first habit of "Being Proactive"-- aaah, music to my teacher ears!

This program is under the larger umbrella of Leader in Me and was developed my the Coveys (of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People fame). This program features similar habits, but in more kid-friendly terms that are both concrete and effective- I {heart} them all! If you are a part of a Leader in Me/Lighthouse School, do you like this program school-wide? Please let me know in the comments below!

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids are:
  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think win-win
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the saw
Some of these may seem a bit odd at first, but the great thing is that each of them come with a tagline and also countless bullet points and descriptors that help kids (and teachers) address the many aspects of each habit.

There are sososososo many resources out there, and I wish I could include them all, but I will highlight a few here and also provide you with some of the links and tools that helped me the most. If you have more, please-pretty-please leave them in the comments! I am still so new to this program, I would love to add more to my collection!

Of course, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I am obsessed a fan of gestures with everything, so you can imagine my delight when I came across a YouTube video that put movement to each of these habits:


LOVE!

And then, of course, I had to make posters that fit these gestures (she uses language a bit different from the Covey's and I like it more-- for example, for Habit #4 "Think Win-Win", the original tagline is "Everyone can win", but she changes it to "I win, you win, we win") and included all of the taglines and descriptors.

These are available for FREE on Google Docs.

There is also an accompanying book that is from the Coveys and tells the story of woodland animals showing (and not showing) the habits in their lives. It's a nice starting point and it does have some nice questions at the end of each story for parents, so using it as an at-home resource is a great idea!

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But, of course, the BESTEST of all resources come from teachers in blogland and TpT :)

Bridget of Little Lovely Leaders has ah-ma-zing resources-- I passed out her bookmarks on Parent Night so they could be in the know about the habits, we have used her sorts for each of the habits, and she has lots of ideas on her blog about how to implement these habits across the school year, including awards and classroom jobs.

The other resource I have loved using is from Jodi at Fun in First. She has a wonderful worksheet set in two versions for each of the habits that is a great way at the end to see if kids grasped what we learned, but also challenges them to come up with their own examples.

This is just the beginning of a program that I know must be incredible to use school-wide!! Even though I only use it in my classroom, I have seen a great improvement in how kids take responsibility and actually know what it means to have a plan and set goals, or be responsible and proactive. So that's the good news about this program- the lessons they teach are so universal, you can do it in your class and it doesn't conflict or usurp any other character ed program you school may be using.


I always try to reinforce the language of the habits when we do read-alouds or when I ask kids to "clip up" for taking initiative or thinking win-win, for example. I hang these posters in the back of our class along the bottom cabinets, as well as near our door with the habit we are focusing on for the week:
Click the picture to download for free from Google Docs
I will then hang the poster of the habit below so kids can see it as they come and go throughout the day. Lots of exposure never hurt, right?

There are so many more possibilities I would love explore both this year and going into next, like read alouds that continue to highlight the habits, more projects, and even role plays to help kids generate ideas and solutions to conflict using the habits as a guide. Leave any ideas in the comments and thank you so much in advance!

I will now leave you with a funny example of how kids can "Be Proactive"- I showed this to my group this year and we just laughed and laughed, all while yelling at the screen :)


35 comments:

  1. That video is hilarious! Thanks for sharing the ideas and the freebie, too. I'm thinking this will be a good addition when we come back in January!

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  2. I have seen the 7 habits used school-wide and it is unbelieveable how positive the climate is! I love that you are implementing it in your classroom. I have thought about it a time or two, but since I am the special educator I don't have students consistently throughout the day to reinforce their positive behaviors. Plus our school uses a different PBS program. When the whole school uses the 7 habits, it's amazing what the kids can do!

    Bravo to you!

    Mrs. Dixon
    Teaching Special Thinkers

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  3. I just printed the posters! I love trying new things in the classroom (especially since it's my first year) ... looks like a GREAT way to ring in the new year :) Thanks so much (as always) for all your great ideas !

    Miss Homs

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  4. Wow. I really love the idea of this program. I had heard about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People but hadn't heard of the student version. It sounds like you are alone in this in your school? Did you go to a formal training or read up and jump in? I'd love to know more!

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

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  5. Fabulous! I am pinning it and then going to learn more!

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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  6. Yay - I made my bulletin board today!

    Here's the pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/153122456052358636/

    Thanks SO much for the adorableness!!

    Barbara

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  7. I can't believe I've never heard of this until now! I'm a fan of Steven Covey's 7 habits. Thank you so much for sharing!

    ~ Sarah

    Write On, Fourth Grade!

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  8. Hi Stephanie,
    I just wanted to let you know that I shared your post on my Thumbs up Thumbs down Thursday - as a thumbs up of course :) - because I really thought it was a great post!

    Shawna
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

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  9. I am using the 7 Habits in my class and got my team/school (mostly) on board. A small group of us got to go to a Leadership Day at a Lighthouse school and it was so inspirational. My school district won't pay for the Leader in Me program, but that doesn't mean we can use the book to guide us. =)

    Here is my pinterest board for 7 Habits: http://pinterest.com/ebuckler/7-habits/

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

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  10. Hi Stephanie,

    I LOVE your 7 Habits posters! They are awesome. I would love to incorporate them into my classroom; however, they aren't printing right for me. :( They download fine and look perfect, but then I get that thing where part of the words are blurry when I print them out. Any ideas as to how to fix that? Must be something on my end, given that nobody else seems to be having problems with them. They print preview just fine, and then print out wrong. It's maddening. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Have a good night!

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    1. Did you ever get these printed? I'm having the same trouble. Thanks.

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  11. My children went to a leader in me lighthouse school and we all LOVED it! My son (k-3rd there) would come home and tell me we needed to put first things first etc. He was always talking about it and the behavior of the children art school was amazing they were always helping each other. Unfortunately we moved but am now homeschooling and i want to pick it back up. I live the posters and ideas. Thanks!

    Shelley

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  12. My children went to a leader in me lighthouse school and we all LOVED it! My son (k-3rd there) would come home and tell me we needed to put first things first etc. He was always talking about it and the behavior of the children art school was amazing they were always helping each other. Unfortunately we moved but am now homeschooling and i want to pick it back up. I live the posters and ideas. Thanks!

    Shelley

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  13. Your posters for the 7 habits are fantastic!!!

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  14. My 3 children go to a Leader in Me/ Lighthouse school and we LOVE it. As a parent it's a great way to help reinforce the importance of my child's responsibility in their academic and social learning. Our school does a fantastic job of teaching these habits and involving the children. I wish the school went all the way to 12th grade! It's a fabulous program!!!

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  15. My 3 children go to a Leader in Me/ Lighthouse school and we LOVE it. As a parent it's a great way to help reinforce the importance of my child's responsibility in their academic and social learning. Our school does a fantastic job of teaching these habits and involving the children. I wish the school went all the way to 12th grade! It's a fabulous program!!!

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  16. I am a first grade teacher and our whole school is a leader in me school. It is absolutely amazing to see our school's atmosphere change. The kids know the language and use it. They are defiantly empowered kids! Our school is also a BIST school and the 7 habits fit nicely into BIST.

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  17. I teach first grade in a Leader in Me School. It is wonderful! I really love watching the children take on leadership roles in almost everything we do! I love seeing the kindergarteners grow as leaders and then see the results as fifth graders. Love the posters!

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing! In our 6th grade we will be reading this book this year and I am so excited to have these posters to go along with it!

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  19. This is wonderful! I am planning for the coming school year which starts in 2 months. What are the hooks you are using on your wall to have the habit of the week?

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  20. I'm having trouble printing out your seven habits posters. When I go to print, the words get whited out. Is this because I have a mac? Do you have any ideas?

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  21. Oh my word! I started using WBT towards the end of last year in my third grade class and they loved it. I just experimented with it a bit, but plan to use it as we start this year. Anyway, I stumbled across your blog and I'm finding LOADS of helpful information! Thank you so much for all of your fabulous posts!

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  22. Working on setting up my 7Habits classroom. Can't wait to see how it looks come Friday. Thanks.

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  23. Our school is incorporating the 7 Habits with our PBIS expectations. We are very excited to be creating leaders in our school. There are now 8 habits...Find your voice and encourage others to find theirs. I just found a great list of literature to provide examples of each habit except 8: http://ourlearningcommunity.webs.com/Documents/Leader%20in%20Me/Book%20List.pdf
    Enjoy building leaders!

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  24. Thanks for sharing! Appreciate it and can't wait to try them with my new class!

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  25. I've been trying different ways to get these to print correctly...I LOVE them! However, I can't seem to make it work. I have a new computer so I thought it might be that until I saw that others had troubles too. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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  26. I'm pretty sure you must be my long-lost teaching twin! When I found your blog, I was amazed to see that you love all of the things that make up my core teaching style: WBT, the 7 Habits, and CAFE/Daily 5. :) I will DEFINITELY be following you on TpT and your blog. I just started my on TpT store in July and a blog with my teaching partner (who I also share a brain with) shortly thereafter. I'm officially considering you a "mentor" as I try to mimic your awesomeness.

    :) Kelli

    P.S. We gave you props on our blog: www.writenowschoolsisters.blogspot.com

    OH... I thought you might like this great WBT-style 7 Habits video using gestures: http://pinterest.com/pin/53409945553810754/

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  28. Well done, Kelli. I've seen your blog cultivate from potency to potency and you have a immense flair and familiarity. Congratulations!!!
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  29. This gave me a great place to start implementing the book into my classroom. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  31. My school is a School of Leadership. When I first learned about this, I laughed because I realized I was already doing most of this without calling it the Seven Habits. Take the book, Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and use it to clearly see how controlling yourself and being proactive is better than freaking out and getting upset over every little thing. Show this idea using a bottle of water and a bottle of pop (if you are from the North) or soda (if you are from the South). It works very well for all grades. I teach 4th grade and I used this book at the beginning of the year even though half of my class already had some experience with it.

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~Stephanie

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