Imagine a school where
Say, "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am"
Don't roll their eyes or shrug their shoulders at teachers
Shake hands with other
Are able to speak publicly like congressmen
Are actually self motivated to work hard on homework and schoolwork
Set academic and personal goals and track their own data
Live and embody the 7 habits of highly effective people
Celebrate diversity and welcome all
Learn and practice the top 10 skills employers look for when hiring
Excel in the classroom
Sound too good to be true?
This is what I witnessed at the Leadership Day at A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are the magnet leadership school that the book A Leader in Me, by Stephen Covey, was based on. They have integrated the 7 habits of happy kids and highly effective people that Stephen and Sean Covey developed into their school's atmosphere and curriculum.
Our school did a monthly book study of A Leader in Me and we are slowly trying to adopt it. However, it is going too slow if you ask me. I understand that teachers have SO MUCH on their plates, and it can be very scary to introduce an entirely new paradigm shift at a school, but in this case I think it will solve so many more problems than it would create. The 7 habits leadership model teaches students life skills of setting goals and living up to their potential, as well as, collaborative problem solving and getting along with others. A.B. Combs and other leadership schools are proof that by molding all students into productive and enthusiastic leaders, schools will have less behavior problems and more motivation for learning. In the long run, I think teachers would be amazed.
If you haven't already, you definitely need to read A Leader in Me and consider bringing this model to your school!